We tested the CM board by implementing the high bandwidth IR lock (single arm). In preparation for this test we temporarily connected the POY11_Q_MON output to the CM board IN1 input and checked the YARM POY transfer function by running the AA_YARM_TEMPLATE under users/Templates/LSC/LSC_loops/YARM_POY/. We made sure the YARM dither optimized TRY so as to maximize the optical gain stage. Then we proceeded as follows:
Ultimately, our ability to progressively increase the control bandwidth of the YARM is a proxy that the CM board is working properly. Attachment 1 shows the OLTF progression as we increased the loop's UGF. Note how as we approached the maximum measured UGF of ~ 22 kHz, our phase margin decreased signifying poor stability.
At the end of this measurement, at about ~ 15:45 I restored the CM board IN1 input and disconnected the POY11_Q_MON
gautam: the conclusion here is that the CM board seems to work as advertised, and it's not solely responsible for not being able to achieve the IR handoff.