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Message ID: 13608     Entry time: Mon Feb 5 22:57:28 2018     In reply to: 13606     Reply to this: 13609   13621   13623
Author: gautam 
Type: Update 
Category: ALS 
Subject: Huge harmonics in ALS channels 

Did some quick additional checks to figure out what's going on here.

  1. The SOS/dewhite board for which I didn't have a DCC number is D000316. It has a single ended output.
  2. I confirmed that the origin of this noise has to do with the ground of the aforementioned D000316 - as mentioned in my previous elog, having one end of a BNC cable plugged into the whitening board D990694 and the other end terminated in 50ohms yields a clean spectrum. But making the ground of this terminator touch the ground of the SMA connector on the D000316 makes the harmonics show up.
  3. Confirmed that the problem exists when using either the SMA or the LEMO monitor output of these D000316 boards.

So either something is busted on this board (power regulating capacitor perhaps?), or we have some kind of ground loop between electronics in the same chassis (despite the D990694 being differential input receiving). Seems like further investigation is needed. Note that the D000316 just two boards over in the same Eurocrate chassis is responsible for driving our input steering mirror Tip-Tilt suspensions. I wonder if that board too is suffering from a similarly noisy ground?

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Am I missing something obvious here? I think it is impossible to do a THD measurement with the spectrum in this condition...

 

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