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  452   Mon Nov 7 22:00:33 2022 KojiOpticsConfigurationSetting up the fiber couplers

Fiber matching: 43.2/56.7 = 76%
S/P-pol ratio 0.7/43.2 = 1.6%


  453   Fri Nov 11 19:07:48 2022 KojiSupplyGeneralSupply Order

Clean Supply Ordered

  • TexWipe TX8410 AlphaSat Vectra Alpha 10 50 sheets x 12 pk  (VWR TWTX8410)
  • Mask KIMTECH PURE® M3 Pleat-Style Face Masks 50 masks x 10 pk (VWR 15628-213)
  • Stainless Pan x3 (VWR 10193-562)
  • Ansell Accutech Latex Gloves 6.5 25*8pk (Fisher 19162026)
  • Ansell Accutech Latex Gloves 7.0 25*8pk (Fisher 19162027)
  454   Mon Nov 14 08:34:45 2022 CamilleOpticsCharacterizationtransmission measurements through OMC #1 (before cleaning)

[Camille, Koji]

Friday, Nov 11th, 2022

Setting up OMC #1 for transmission measurements:

The laser beam was aligned to the OMC cavity. The OMC cavity was locked and the transmission measurements were recorded.

  455   Mon Nov 14 09:27:13 2022 KojiOpticsCharacterizationtransmission measurements through OMC #1 (before cleaning)

The measured total optical loss of the OMC was

1st:   0.015 +/- 0.003
2nd: 0.085  +/- 0.005
3rd:  0.0585+/- 0.0008
4th:  0.047  +/- 0.002

In avegrage the estimated loss is
Loss = 0.055 +/- 0.014

This is unchanged from the measurement at LLO after the FC cleaning
Loss = 0.053 +/- 0.010

  456   Tue Nov 15 07:46:58 2022 Camille MakaremOpticsGeneralcleaning OMC #1

Monday, November 14, 2022

Camille and Koji did a "deep cleaning" of OMC#1:
1) Applied First Contact to the mirror surfaces. Removed first contact after ~10 minutes.
2) Acetone scrub of the mirror surfaces with a cotton swab.
3) Applied First Contact again. Removed after ~10 minutes. We left the FC paint on for the work on Thu.

The foggy spot on the input mirror was unchanged after the first round of First Contact. But the foggy spot came off during the acetone scrub.

  457   Tue Nov 15 10:58:53 2022 KojiOpticsGeneralOMC #1 damaged black glass removal

[Camille, Koji]

The damaged black glass was removed from the OMC breadboard leaving the glass base.
The black glass pieces were bonded very tightly on the FS base with EP30-2. The apparent amount of the bond was not so much but it was such hard that removal by hand was not possible.
We decided to give drips of Acetone on the base hoping the gradual dissolving of EP30-2. Using a knife edge, the "filets" of the bonds were removed, but the BD was still tight.

By wedging the black glass-black glass bonding with the nife edge, the left side (the directly damaged one) was taken off from the structure leaving a tiny fragment of the glass on the base.

The remaining one was even stronger. We patiently kept dripping Acetone on the base and finally, the black glass piece was knocked off and removed from the base.

Attachment 1: The base right after the black glass removal.

Attachment 2: The black glass pieces were stored in a container with Al foil + clean cloth bed. The damaged and fogged surfaces faced up.

Attachment 3: The zoom-in shot of the black glass pieces.

Attachment 4: The base was wiped with Acetone and cleaned with FC. We will bond another BD assembly on the base, presumably using the UV epoxy.

  458   Tue Nov 15 11:12:24 2022 KojiOpticsGeneralOMC #1 fogging on the AR side of BS1 cleaned

[Camille, Koji]

Photo of the BS1 AR cleaning process

Attachment 1: Before cleaning. Foggy surface is visible.

Attachment 2: After FC cleaning. The structure of the deposited material is still quite visible.

Attachment 3: Acetone scrubbing. Cotton Q-tip was used so that the stick does not melt with acetone.

Attachment 4: After acetone scrubbing. Nicely clean!

Acetone scrubbing was applied to HR/AR of BS1, FM1, FM2, BS2, and HR of CM1 and CM2. (total 10 surfaces)
Then final FC paint was applied to these 10 surfaces.

We'll come back to the setup on Thu for FC peeling and loss measurement.

  459   Thu Nov 17 18:56:22 2022 KojiOpticsGeneral Transmission measurements of OMC #1 after deep cleaning

[Camille, Koji]

- Removed the first contact we left on Monday.

- Measured transmission (Set1) Very high loss! Total optical loss of 18.5%! Observation with the IR viewer indicated that CM1 has bright scattering. We suspencted a remnant of FC.

- Applied the second FC on the four cavity mirrors. This made the CM1 sport darker.

- Measured the transmission (Set1~Set3). We had consistent loss of 4.2~5.0%. We concluded that this is the limitation of this OMC even with the cleaning.

  460   Thu Nov 17 19:50:00 2022 KojiOpticsCharacterizationConclusion on the cleaning of OMC #001

Conclusion on the cleaning of OMC #001

- After a couple of first contact cleaning trials and deep cleaning, the total loss was measured to be 0.045+/-0.004.
  This indicated a slight improvement from the loss measured at LLO before any cleaning (0.064+/-0.004).
  However, the number did not improve to the level we marked in 2013 (0.028+/-0.004).

- This loss level of 4.5% is comparable to the loss level of OMC #3, which is currently used at LHO.
  Therefore, this OMC #1 is still a useful spare for the site use.

- Some notes / to-do regarding this unit:
  1) The beam dump with melted black glass was removed. A new beam dump needs to be bonded on the base.
  2) The connector bracket still needs to be replaced with the PEEK version.
  3) The PZT of CM1 has been defunct since 2013. Combining LV and HV drivers is necessary upon use at the site. (LLO used to do it).

  461   Fri Nov 18 18:41:05 2022 Camille MakaremGeneralGeneral2nd deep cleaning of OMC #1

The four cavity mirrors in OMC #1 were each scrubbed using acetone and a cotton swab.
Then, the four mirrors were painted with First Contact (picture attached). The First Contact was allowed to dry for 20 minutes, then removed while using the top gun.

  462   Mon Nov 21 19:13:35 2022 KojiGeneralGeneralTransmission measurement (2nd deep cleaning of OMC #1)

OMC Transmission measurement after the 2nd deep cleaning

The 2nd deep cleaning didn't improve the transmission. (See Attachment 2)
The measured loss was 0.044+/-0.002


  463   Tue Nov 29 15:54:47 2022 KojiGeneralConfigurationWindows laptop for WincamD Beam'R2 recovery

Aaron took the set to Cryo lab


  464   Fri Dec 2 11:42:03 2022 KojiOpticsCharacterizationOMC #1 cleaning for water soluble contaminants
[Camille, Koji] Log of the work on Nov 30, 2022
The following is the notes from GariLynn

Cleaning for water-soluble contaminants:
It uses deionized water instead of acetone.
  • The first contact must go on the mirror before the water can dry,  so you will need a bigger brush. We have some that are 1cm, I think they are in the back wall cabinet of B119.
  • For the bigger brush, you will need a beaker and perhaps a bigger bottle of First Contact.  There is one in the mini-fridge in the back corner of B110
  • You use an alpha swab instead of a cotton bud
  • For this effort, I encourage you to get a bottle of DI water from stores.
  • I also encourage you to rehearse the motions beforehand - timing is critical, and your mirrors are in a tight spacing

(Attachment 1)
We obtained Regent grade DI water. It was poured into a smaller cup.
FC liquid was also poured into a small beaker.
Wash the mirror with a swab. We should have used a smaller swab that GariLynn has in her lab.

As soon as the mirror was wiped with the water, the FC was applied with a large brush. Don't let the water away!
Then more layer of the FC was added as usual.

The quick painting of FC made a mess around the mirrors due to excess liquid (Attachment 2). So, we decided to remove the FC remnants (on non-optic surfaces) with cotton swabs and then applied FC as usual.

This made the mess removed, however, we found the OMC loss was increased to >10%(!) (Attachment 3). We decided to continue tomorrow (Thu) with more weapons loaded consulting with GariLynn.


  465   Fri Dec 2 12:38:15 2022 KojiOpticsCharacterizationOMC #1 cleaning for water soluble contaminants

Another set of FC cleaning was applied to FM1/FM2/CM1/CM2 and SM2. Some FC strings are visible on SM2. So I decided to clean SM2 as well as the cavity mirrors close to SM2 (i.e. FM2 and CM2)

As a result, the bright scattering spot on CM1 is now very dim. And the loss was reduced to 4.0%. This is 0.4% better than the value before the water cleaning.

It'd be interesting to repeat the water cleaning, at least on FM1. FM1 is the closest cavity mirror to the beam dump damaged by the high-power laser pulse.
Maybe we should also clean the AR side of FM1 and BS1, as they were right next to the damaged beam dump. It is not for the loss but for reducing the scattering.

  466   Fri Dec 2 23:58:33 2022 KojiOpticsCharacterizationOMC #1 cleaning for water soluble contaminants

The second trial of the water scrub

A bright scatter is visible on FM1, so I tried water scrub on FM1. This time, both surfaces of FM1 and both surfaces of BS1 were cleaned.

Smaller Vectra swabs were used for the scrub. Then the water was purged by IPA splashed from a syringe. Right after that FC was applied.
This was a bit messy process as the mixture of water/IPA/FC was splattered on the breadboard.
Nevertheless, all the mess was cleaned by FC in the end.

The transmission measurements are shown in Attachment 1, and the analyzed result is shown together with the past results.

The 2nd water scrub didn't improve the transmission and it is equivalent to the one after the two times of deep cleaning.
I concluded that the water scrub didn't change the transmission much (or at all). We reached the cleaning limit.

  467   Mon Dec 5 20:09:39 2022 KojiOpticsGeneral(re)starting the OMC #4 build

[Camille Koji]

We started buikding the OMC #4.

  • Removed OMC #1 from the optical setup and placed it at a safe side on the optical table/
  • Fixed OMC #4 in the optical setup
  • Cleaned the OMC cavity mirrors
  • Placed the OMC cavity mirrors
    • FM1: A1
    • FM2: A3
    • CM1: PZT #11
    • CM2: PZT #12
  • Aligned the beam to the cavity
  • Locked the cavity on TEM00
  • Finely aligned the beam to the cavity
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