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  1832   Wed Aug 5 09:25:57 2009 AlbertoDAQComputersfb40m is up

FB40m up and running again after restarting the DAQ.

  1837   Wed Aug 5 15:57:05 2009 AlbertoConfigurationComputersPMC MEDM screen changed

I added a clock to the PMC medm screen.

I made a backup of the original file in the same directory and named it *.bk20090805

  1841   Thu Aug 6 09:22:17 2009 AlbertoDAQGeneralcan't get trends

Quote:

We can't read minute trends from either Dataviewer or loadLIGOData from before 11am this morning. 

 

fb:/frames>du -skh minute-trend-frames/
 106G   minute-trend-frames

So the frames are still on the disk.  We just can't get them with our usual tools (NDS).

 

 Trying to read 60 days of minute trends from C1:PSL-PMC_TRANSPD yields:

Connecting to NDS Server fb40m (TCP port 8088)
Connecting.... done
258.0 minutes of trend displayed
read(); errno=9
read(); errno=9
T0=09-06-06-22-34-02; Length=5184000 (s)
No data output.

 

Trying to read 3 seconds of full data works.

Second trends are readable after about 4am UTC this morning, which is about 9 pm last night.

 


 Yesterday Alex started transferring the data records to the new storage unit. That prevented us from accessing the trends for a fe hours.

The process had been completed and now we can read the trends again.

  1853   Fri Aug 7 11:39:13 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLMZ Alignment
For the last couple of days we've been trying to find the cause that is preventing us to get more than 0.85 for the arm power.
After re-aligning the reference caivity yesterdau, today I went for the MZ. I slightly changed the alignment of the mirror in pitch. I was able to inrease the MZ-TRANPD to 4.8 (from about 3).
Unfortunately the same increase didn't show up at the MC transmission (that is IFO input) becasue changing the MZ also changed alignment to the MC cavity changed. A little tune of the MZ periscope was necessary to adjust the beam to the MC.
 
After all this MC-TRANS read 7.2 vs 7.0 before: no big of an improvement.
 
The arm power is still below 0.85.
 
Next step: measuring the MC length. Maybe changed a lot after the MC satellite was recently it by the people that were installing sesimometers and accelerometers on it.

 

  1855   Fri Aug 7 14:31:39 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLDAQ REstarted

For some reason a few minutes ago the FB DAQ crashed and I had to restarted.

  1877   Mon Aug 10 16:41:31 2009 AlbertoConfigurationPSLPMC Visibility

Alberto, Rana

lately we've been trying to better understand what's preventing the arm power to get high again. Last week I tuned the MZ and the PMC but we didn't gain much, if nothing at all.
Yesterday I measured the transmissivity, the reflectivity and the visibility of the PMC.
 
From the voltages at the PMC-REFL PD when the PMC was locked and when it was out of lock I estimated the cavity visibility:
V_locked = 0.42V
V_unlocked = 1.64V -> V = (V_unlocked - V_locked) / V_unlocked = 75%

With the high power meter I measured the reflected power when the PMC was unlocked and used that to obtain the calibration of the PMC-REFL PD: 1.12V/W.

Since the locked-cavity reflected power can't be directly measured with a power meter (since that would use the cavity control signal), I estimated the reflected power by the calibration of the PMC-REFL PD. Then I measured the input and the transmitted power with a high-power meter.
Result:

P_in = 1.98W ; P_trans = 1.28W ; P_refl = 0.45W

From that I estimated that the losses account to 13% of the input power.

I checked both the new and the old elogs to see if such a measurement had ever been done but it doesn't seems so. I don't know if such a value for the visibility is "normal". It seems a little low. For instance, as a comparison, the MC visibility, is equal to a few percents.

Also Rana measured the transmitted power after locking the PMC on the TEM20-02: the photodiode on the MEDM screen read 0.325V. That means that a lot of power is going to that mode.

That makes us think that we're dealing with a mode matching problem with the PMC.

  1893   Wed Aug 12 15:02:33 2009 AlbertoConfigurationComputerselog restarted

In the last hour or so the elog crashed. I  have restarted it.

  1936   Mon Aug 24 10:43:27 2009 AlbertoOmnistructureComputersRFM Network Failure

This morning I found that all the front end computers down. A failure of the RFM network drove all the computers down.

I was about to restart them all, but it wasn't necessary. After I power cycled and restarted C1SOSVME all the other computers and RFM network came back to their green status on the MEDM screen. After that I just had to reset and then restart C1SUSVME1/2.

  1944   Tue Aug 25 21:26:12 2009 AlbertoUpdateComputerselog restarted

I just found the elog down and I restarted it.

  1945   Tue Aug 25 21:36:28 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

 

 Is that the reason of the PSL craziness tonight? See attachment.

Attachment 1: 2009-08-25_PSLtrend.png
2009-08-25_PSLtrend.png
  1949   Wed Aug 26 15:42:17 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

Quote:

There's no elog entry about what work has gone on today, but it looks like Peter took apart the reference cavity temperature control around 2PM.

I touched the reference cavity by putting my finger up underneath its sweater and it was nearly too hot to keep my finger in there. I looked at the heater power supply front panel and it seems that it was railed at 30 V and 3 A. The nominal value according to the sticker on the front is 11.5 V and 1 A.

So I turned down the current on the front panel and then switched it off. Otherwise, it would take it a couple of days to cool down once we get the temperature box back in. So for tonight there will definitely be no locking. The original settings are in the attached photo. We should turn this back on with its 1A setting in the morning before Peter starts so that the RC is at a stable temp by the evening. Its important NOT to turn it back on and let it just rail. Use the current limit to set it to 1 A. After the temperature box is back in the current limit can be turned back up to 2A or so. We never need the range for 3A, don't know why anyone set it so high.

While Peter King is still working on the reference cavity temperature box, I turned the power supply for the reference cavity's heater back on. Rana turned it off last night since the ref cav temperature box had been removed.

I just switched it on and turned the current knob in the front panel until current and voltage got back to their values as in Rana's picture.

I plan to leave it like that for half an hour so that the the cavity starts warming up. After that, I'll turn the current back to the nominal value as indicated in the front panel.

  1951   Wed Aug 26 16:11:41 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

It turned out that half an hour was too long. In less than that the reference cavity temperature passed the critical point when the temperature controller (located just below the ref cav power supply in the same rack) disables the input power to the reference cavity power supply.

The controller's display in the front shows two numbers. The first goes with the temperature of the reference cavity; the second is a threshold set for the first number. The power supply gets enabled only when the first number comes under the threshold value.

Now the cavity is cooling down and it will take about another hour for its temperature to be low enough and for the heater power supply to be powered.

  1953   Wed Aug 26 16:35:03 2009 AlbertoConfigurationPSLPSL reference cavity temperature box modifications

Basically, in addition to the replacement of the resistors with metal film ones, Peter replaced the chip that provides a voltage reference.

The old one provided about 2.5 V, whereas the new one gets to about 7V. Such reference voltage somehow depends on the room temperature and it is used to generate an error signal for the temperature of the reference cavity.

Peter said that the new higher reference should work better.

  1966   Thu Sep 3 23:41:32 2009 AlbertoConfigurationLSCPOX (PD3) aligned

Today I aligned the beam to PD3 (POX) since Steve had moved it.

The DC power read 1.3mV when the beam was on the PD.

  1969   Mon Sep 7 23:18:01 2009 AlbertoUpdateLockingSome locking attempts

Tried to lock the interferometer but arm power didn't get over 65.

Tonight, after the weekend, I resumed the work on locking.

When I started the Mode Cleaner was unlocked because the MZ was also unlocked.

I aligned the MZ and the transmitted power reached about 2.5

Initially the interferometer lost lock at arm power of about 3-4. It looked like the alignment wasn't good enough. So I ran the alignment scripts a few times, first the scripts for the single parts and in the end the one for the full IFO.

Then I also locked again the MZ and this time the transmitted power got to about 4.

In the following locking attempts the the arm power reached 65 but then the lock got lost during the handing of CARM to C1:LSC-PD11_I

I'll keep working on that tomorrow night.

  1972   Tue Sep 8 12:26:16 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLConnection of the RC heater's power supply replaced

I have replaced the temporary clamps that were connecting the RC heater to its power supply with a new permanent connection.

In the IY1 rack, I connected the control signal of the RC PID temperature servo - C1:PSL-FSS_TIDALSET - to the input of the RC heater's power supply.

The signal comes from a DAC in the same rack, through a pair of wires connected to the J9-4116*3-P3 cross-connector (FLKM). I joined the pair to the wires of the BNC cable coming from the power supply, by twisting and screwing them into two available clamps of the breakout FKLM in the IY1 rack - the same connected to the ribbon cable from RC Tmeperature box.

Instead of opening the BNC cable coming from the power supply, I thought it was a cleaner and more robust solution to use a BNC-to-crocodile clamp from which I had cut the clamps off.

During the transition process, I connected the power supply BNC input to a a voltage source that I set at the same voltage of the control signal before I disconnected it (~1.145V).

I monitored the temperature signals and it looked like the RC Temperature wasn't significantly affected by the operation.

  2044   Fri Oct 2 17:00:06 2009 AlbertoUpdateGeneral40m Update - Requirements on the 5x Frequency Multiplier

Here's the gist of the requirements on the 5x frequency multiplier for the upgrade (see attachemnt - despite the preview down here in the elog, they're 3 pages).

An extended version is available on the wiki.

A more complete document is under work and will soon be available on the wiki as well.

Attachment 1: DesignOfTheMultiplier1-14-15.pdf
DesignOfTheMultiplier1-14-15.pdf DesignOfTheMultiplier1-14-15.pdf
  2049   Mon Oct 5 09:31:05 2009 AlbertoFrogsPSLPSL laser accidentally turned off

Alberto, Steve,

While I was moving a cart near by the PSL table I pushed the red emergency button that turns off the PSL laser. We had to unlock the button and then power cycle the laser driver to turn the laser back on.

I relocked MZ, FSS, PMC and I'm now waiting for the power to finish ramping up back to the previous value.

  2053   Mon Oct 5 14:37:29 2009 AlbertoUpdateABSLAbsolute Length Meaasurement NPRO is on

In the revival of the experiement length measurement for the recycling cavities, I turned the auxiliary NPRO back on. The shutter is closed.

I also recollected all the equipment of the experiment after that during the summer it had been scattered around the lab to be used for other purposes (Joe and Zach's cameras and Stephanie and Koji's work with the new EOM).

  2108   Sun Oct 18 15:46:08 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralAntique, unused QPD removed from the AS table

Inspecting the AS table to make an inventory of the photodiodes in use around the interferometer, I found a mysterious photodetector hiding behind PD1 (AS166).

It turned out the detector was an old type of QPD from the Squeezing Experiment a few years ago.

We removed the box and the cable to which it was connected from the table. We stored it in the optics cabinet along the X arm.

  2129   Wed Oct 21 15:07:45 2009 AlbertoUpdateWIKI-40M UpdatePhotodiodes' configuration for the Upgrade

I uploaded on the Wiki (here) the results of an inventory over our current PDs, a list of the new ones that we're going to need for the new control scheme.

  2131   Wed Oct 21 17:12:30 2009 AlbertoUpdateelogBrowser context menu enabled on the Elog under HTM editing mode

On behalf of Steve and of the rest of the not-native-English community at the 40m willing to have their browser's spell checker working while editing the Elog, I fixed the Elog's feature that prevented Firefox' context menu (that one which pops up with a mouse right click) to work when using the HTML editing interface (FCKeditor).

That let also Firefox spell checker to get enabled.

To get the browser context menu just press CTRL right-clicking.

To make sure that the features works properly on your browser, you might have to fully clear the browser's cache.

Basically I modified the FCKeditor config file (/cvs/cds/caltech/elog/elog-2.7.5/scripts/fckeditor/fckconfig.js). I added this also to the elog section on our Wiki.

  2174   Wed Nov 4 16:49:32 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCArm Cavity Finesse Measurement

I'm going to work on the X arm to measure the arm cavity finesse.

The idea is to measure the cavity transfer function to estimate the frequency of its cavity pole. That should be a more accurate measurement than that based on the cavity decay time.

I'm starting now and I'm going to inject a swept sine excitation on the OMC_ISS_EXC input cable laying on the floor nearby the AP table (see pic).

DSC_0952.JPG

In orderf to do that I disconnected the cable from the OMC breakout box laying on the floor. I'm going to plug the cable back in as soon as I'm done.

  2175   Wed Nov 4 18:35:19 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCArm Cavity Finesse Measurement

Quote:

I'm going to work on the X arm to measure the arm cavity finesse.

The idea is to measure the cavity transfer function to estimate the frequency of its cavity pole. That should be a more accurate measurement than that based on the cavity decay time.

I'm starting now and I'm going to inject a swept sine excitation on the OMC_ISS_EXC input cable laying on the floor nearby the AP table (see pic).

DSC_0952.JPG

In orderf to do that I disconnected the cable from the OMC breakout box laying on the floor. I'm going to plug the cable back in as soon as I'm done.

 Since I need to measure the transfer function between TRX and MC_TRANS_DC I picked off the beam going to RFAM PD to send it to a PDA255 photodiode (cannibalized from the AbsL's PLL) which I installed on the PSL table.

I centerd the beam on the PD and I was able to see the injected signal.

I think I'm ready to measure the transfer function.

Except for the RFAM PD everything is as before.

I'm gonna go grab dinner and I should be back to keep working on that in about one hour.

  2176   Wed Nov 4 21:46:18 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCArm Cavity Finesse Measurement

Quote:

Quote:

I'm going to work on the X arm to measure the arm cavity finesse.

The idea is to measure the cavity transfer function to estimate the frequency of its cavity pole. That should be a more accurate measurement than that based on the cavity decay time.

I'm starting now and I'm going to inject a swept sine excitation on the OMC_ISS_EXC input cable laying on the floor nearby the AP table (see pic).

DSC_0952.JPG

In orderf to do that I disconnected the cable from the OMC breakout box laying on the floor. I'm going to plug the cable back in as soon as I'm done.

 Since I need to measure the transfer function between TRX and MC_TRANS_DC I picked off the beam going to RFAM PD to send it to a PDA255 photodiode (cannibalized from the AbsL's PLL) which I installed on the PSL table.

I centerd the beam on the PD and I was able to see the injected signal.

I think I'm ready to measure the transfer function.

Except for the RFAM PD everything is as before.

I'm gonna go grab dinner and I should be back to keep working on that in about one hour.

 Back from dinner. Taking measurements.

  2177   Wed Nov 4 23:17:51 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCX Arm Cavity transfer Function

I measured the transfer function between MC_TRANS and TRX and I'm attaching the result.

ArmCavityTF02.png

That looks quite strange. Something's wrong. I'll repeat it tomorrow.

for the night I'm putting everything back. I'm also reconnecting the OMC_ISS_EXC and opening again the test switch on the ISS screen.

The RFAM monitor remains disable

  2184   Thu Nov 5 19:25:11 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCX Arm Cavity transfer Function

Quote:

I would have guessed that you have to calibrate the detectors relative to each other before trying this. Its also going to be tricky if you use 2 different kinds of ADC for this (c.f. today's delay discussion in the group meeting).

I think Osamu used to look at fast transmission signals by making sure the PD at the end had a 50 Ohm output impedance and just drive the 40m long cable and terminate the receiving end with 50 Ohms. Then both PDs go into the SR785.

 

On Rana's suggestion I measured the trasfer function between the two photodiodes PDA255 that I'm using.

I took the one that I had on the end table and put it on the PSL table. I split the MC transmitted beam with a 50% beam splitter and sent the beams on the two diodes. (Rana's idea of picking off the beam and interposing the PDs before the ISS PDs was not doable: ISS PDs would be too close and there would be no room to install the PDA255 before them). See picture with the final setup.

DSC_0958.JPG


The transfer function also includes the 40m long cable that I was using for the Arm Cavity measurement.

Here's what I got. It looks rather flat. Yesterday the calibration was probably not the problem in that measurement.

PDA255CalibrationTF03.png
 I'm now going to install the PD back on the end table and measure the TFs between the excitation and several points of the loop.

(Trivia. At first, the PDs were saturating so Koji attached attenuation filters on to them. Suddenly the measurement got much nicer)

  2185   Thu Nov 5 22:30:09 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCX Arm Cavity Transfer Function

It seems that just repeating the measurement was enough to get a good transfer function of the x arm cavity. Here's what I got.

XarmTF01.png

I'm going to fit the data on matlab, but at first sight, the pole seems to be at about 1.7KHz (that is where the phase is 45deg): as expected.

Probably it was useful to realign the beam on the Transmission PD. (btw, I'm using the PDA255 that was still on the X end table since the AbsL experiemtn that measured the arm length)

  2186   Thu Nov 5 23:09:34 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCY Arm Cavity Transfer Function

As for the X Arm, this the transfer function I measured for the Y arm cavity.

YarmTF01.png

This time I'm using a different photodiode than the PDA255 on the Y end table.

The diode I'm using is the PDA520 from where TRY comes from.

I'm going to repeat the measurement with PDA255.

  2187   Fri Nov 6 00:23:34 2009 AlbertoConfigurationComputersElog just rebooted

The elog just crashed and I rebooted it

  2188   Fri Nov 6 00:24:06 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCY Arm Cavity Transfer Function

Quote:

As for the X Arm, this the transfer function I measured for the Y arm cavity.

YarmTF01.png

This time I'm using a different photodiode than the PDA255 on the Y end table.

The diode I'm using is the PDA520 from where TRY comes from.

I'm going to repeat the measurement with PDA255.

 Measurement repeated with the PDA255 PD at the end but not big changes

YarmTF02.png

  2189   Fri Nov 6 00:40:29 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCEverything put back as it was

I disconnected the setup for the arm cavity TF measurement. I opened the scitation switch on the ISS medm screen. I reconnected the OMC ISS EXC cable to the breakout box on the floor.

The photodiode on the Y end is stilll connected.

Also the RFAm (whish is not disbaled anymore) still has a 50% beam splitter before it.

I'm also running the Align Full IFO script.

  2204   Sun Nov 8 14:18:25 2009 AlbertoUpdateSUSETMY Watchdogs tripped

This afternoon I re-enabled the ETMY coils after I found that the watchdogs for the mirror had tripped last night at 2:06am.

  2205   Sun Nov 8 22:50:29 2009 AlbertoUpdateASCIFO Alignment

Tonight I aligned the IFO by running the scripts one by one.

SRC was far off and I had to align SRM by hand before the script could work. SPOB is still low when DRM is aligned.

I'm restoring the full IFO now that I'm taking off.

  2208   Mon Nov 9 11:11:19 2009 AlbertoConfigurationLSCMC2 Watchdogs tripped

The MC2 watchdogs tripped. I just restored them.

I also had to relock the MZ and then the Mode Cleaner.

  2209   Mon Nov 9 11:14:57 2009 AlbertoUpdateABSLStarted working on the PSL table

I'm working on the PSL table to set up the PLL setup for the AbsL experiment.

  2210   Mon Nov 9 12:09:10 2009 AlbertoOmnistructureEnvironmentBNC Cable Laid Down from South End to East VErtex

I laid down the floor a BNC cable from the Y End table to the BNC Chamber. The cable runs next to the east wall.

I'm leaving the cable because it can turn useful in the future.

I'm tying the end of the cable to a big threaded steel rod on the side of the BS chamber.

I've also labeled as TRY

Attachment 1: DSC_0986.JPG
DSC_0986.JPG
  2211   Mon Nov 9 13:17:07 2009 AlbertoConfigurationABSLNPRO on

I turned the auxialiary NPRO for the AbsL Experiment on. Its shutter stays closed.

  2213   Mon Nov 9 13:26:19 2009 AlbertoOmnistructureEnvironmentTidying up BNC cables rack around the lab

We have thousands of miles of BNC cables in the lab but we still don't find one when we need it. I decided to solve the problem.

This morning I tried to tidy up the several cable rack the we have in the lab.

i tried to dedicate each rack to a speecific type of cables: special cables, hand made cables, BNCs, LEMOs, etc.

In particular I tryed to concentrate BNC cable of several lengths on the rack near by the ITMX chamber.

People are invited to preserve the organization.

 

Attachment 1: DSC_0987.JPG
DSC_0987.JPG
  2214   Mon Nov 9 14:53:47 2009 AlbertoOmnistructureEnvironmentTidying up BNC cables rack around the lab

This would be a good trial once you put the label "BNC only" on the wall.

Quote:

We have thousands of miles of BNC cables in the lab but we still don't find one when we need it. I decided to solve the problem.

This morning I tried to tidy up the several cable rack the we have in the lab.

i tried to dedicate each rack to a speecific type of cables: special cables, hand made cables, BNCs, LEMOs, etc.

In particular I tryed to concentrate BNC cable of several lengths on the rack near by the ITMX chamber.

People are invited to preserve the organization.

 

  2217   Mon Nov 9 15:11:02 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCEverything put back as it was

Quote:

I disconnected the setup for the arm cavity TF measurement. I opened the scitation switch on the ISS medm screen. I reconnected the OMC ISS EXC cable to the breakout box on the floor.

The photodiode on the Y end is stilll connected.

Also the RFAm (whish is not disbaled anymore) still has a 50% beam splitter before it.

I'm also running the Align Full IFO script.

 

I removed the beam splitter and the PDA 255.

the beam path to the RFAM photodiode is clear again.

  2219   Mon Nov 9 16:32:36 2009 AlbertoFrogsEnvironmentShot of the white board yesterday before erasing

Yesterday Rana and I needed some room on the white board in the Control Room. We had to erase some of the stuff present on the board despite the bif warning "Do Not Erase".

This is how it looked like before erasing.

DSC_0980.JPG

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  2220   Mon Nov 9 18:27:30 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersOMC DCPD Interface Box Disconnected from the power Supply

This afternoon I inadvertently disconnected one of the power cables coming from the power supply on the floor next to the OMC cabinet and going to the DCPD Interface Box.

Rob reconnected the cable as it was before.

  2226   Tue Nov 10 13:02:36 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCX and Y Arm Cavity Poles Measurement

From fitting the arm cavity transfer functions I got the following values for the cavity pole frequencies.

X ARM: fp_x = (1720 +/- 70) Hz

Y ARM: fp_y = (1650 +/- 70) Hz

Attached are the plots from the fitting.

Attachment 1: SummaryOfFits.pdf
SummaryOfFits.pdf SummaryOfFits.pdf
Attachment 2: CodeAndData.tar
  2227   Tue Nov 10 17:01:33 2009 AlbertoConfigurationIOOc1ioovme and c1iool0 rebooted

This afternoon, while I was trying to add the StochMon channels to the frames, I rebooted the c1ioovme and c1iool0.

I had to do it twice because of a mispelling in the C1IOO.INI file that the first time prevented the computer to restart properly.

Eventually I restored the old .ini file, as it was before the changes.

After rebooting I also burtrestored.

During the process the mode cleaner got unlocked. Later on the autoclokcer couldn't engage. I had to run the MC_down and MC_up scripts.

  2228   Tue Nov 10 17:49:20 2009 AlbertoMetaphysicsComputersTest Point Number Mapping

I found this interesting entry by Rana in the old (deprecated) elog : here

I wonder if Rolf has ever written the mentioned GUI that explained the rationale behind the test point number mapping.

I'm just trying to add the StochMon calibrated channels to the frames. Now I remember why I kept forgetting of doing it...

  2229   Tue Nov 10 19:19:57 2009 AlbertoUpdateABSLRotated polarizer on the PSL table, along the MC input pick off beam

Aligning the beam for the PLL of the AbsL Experiement I rotated the polarizer along the path of the MC Input pick off beam (= the pick off coming from the MC periscope).

  2230   Tue Nov 10 19:21:53 2009 AlbertoUpdateABSLPLL Alignment

I've been trying to lock the PLL for the AbsL Experiment but I can't see the beat (between the auxiliary NPRO and the PSL).

I believe the alignment of the PLL is not good. The Farady Isolator is definitely not perfectly aligned (you can see it from the beam spot after it) but still it should be enough to see something at the PLL PD.

it's probably just that the two beams don't overlap well enough on the photodiode. I'll work on that later on.

I'm leaving the lab now. I left the auxiliary NPRO on but I closed its shutter.

All the flipping mirrors are down.

  2236   Wed Nov 11 12:29:44 2009 AlbertoFrogsPSLMC Locked on the wrong mode?

This morning, after Steve pointed out that the readout RFAMPD_DC was zero, I thought of realigning the beam on the photodiode. Maybe I touched the lens or the beam splitter that send the beam on the diode when I installed an other beam splitter to make the measurement of the calibration between two ThorLabs PDA255 photodiodes.

After aligning the beam on the RFAMPD, the voltage of the DC readout was lower than it used to be (C1:IOO-RFAMPD_DC ~ 0.4 now vs. 4 as it was on November 4th).

I maximized the DC readout but the problem seems to be that the beam spot is not a round TEM00. In particular the spot looks like that of a TEM10 mode.

Since we're looking at the MC transmitted beam, is it possible that the MC is locked on the wrong mode?

Check out the attached picture.

Attachment 1: PB110184-1.JPG
PB110184-1.JPG
  2238   Wed Nov 11 15:04:52 2009 AlbertoUpdateABSLWorking on the AP table

I've opened the AP table and I'm working on it.

ELOG V3.1.3-