Fiber matching: 43.2/56.7 = 76%
S/P-pol ratio 0.7/43.2 = 1.6%
Clean Supply Ordered
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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).
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.
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
Aaron took the set to Cryo lab
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.
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.
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.
We started buikding the OMC #4.