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Wed Aug 6 13:57:44 2008
Finished second progress report.
Working on improving the sensitivity of the Mach Zehnder to more accurately measure the fiber noise. Making more stable mounts that have fewer degrees of freedom/springs and are more solid should get rid of their vibrational modes and help with the noise. I found a good mount for the Faraday Isolator, and John and Aidan helped me to make the solid aluminum blocks to mount the fiber couplers. I'll also replace the laser feet with a similar solid mount. I will also get a plastic box to block out acoustic noise/air currents/etc. Am starting to couple into the fiber again; now I am using polarization maintaining fiber.
I am starting to plan the fiber noise cancellation setup, and thinking about the noise sources and their effects.