The transfer function and current noise were measured. The location of the peak shifts with the amount of incident light power (RF or DC). The TF was measured at an incident 1064nm light power of 0.4 mW which produced a DC output voltage of 14 mV => DC photocurrent of 0.28 mA.
Many of the effects that Koji noted in the previous characterization are still present.
In addition I observed a shift of the peak towards lower frequencies as the RF power supplied to the AM Laser (Jenne Laser) is increased. This could create a dependance of the demodulation phase on incident RF power.
The plots are attached below.
To determine the amount of RF power in the AM laser beam at various RF drive levels I measured the RF power out of the Newfocus 1611 PD while driving the AM laser with a Marconi. During this measurement the DC output was 2.2V. With the DC transimpedance of 10^4 and a sensitivity of 0.8 A/W we have carrier power as 0.275 mW (-5.6 dBm). [Incidentally the measured carrier power with a power meter is about 0.55 mW. Why this discrepancy?]
Estimation of the signal strength at the REFL165 PD:
From the 40m Sensing Matrix for DRFPMI we see that the signal strength at REFL165 in CARM is about 5x10^4 W/m. Since we expect about 0.1nm of linear range in CARM length we expect about 0.05 mW of RF power. If the (DC) carrier power is about 10 mW at the photodiode (18mW is about the max we can have since the max power dissipation is 100 mW in the diode) then the RF : DC power ratio is 5x10^-3 => -23 dB
As this is lower than the power levels at which the PD transfer function was determined and where we noted the distorsion and shift of the resonance peak, it is likely that these effects may not be seen during the normal operation of the interferometer.
The shift due to the carrier power level (DC) change may still however pose a problem through a changing demodulation phase.