The comment itself was added by me.
The difference between the previous and new measurements should be described by Riju.
In the entry 7984, the description has several PDs mixed up. The measurement was done with the MCREFL PD.
But the DC transimpedance of the thorlabs PD (5e3) was used, according to the text.
I first wonder if this is only a mistake not in the calculation but only in the elog due to a sloppy copy-and-paste.
But the resulting shot-noise-intercept current was 50uA, which is way too small
compared with a realistic value of 0.1~1mA. I have never seen such a good value with
C30642 at the resonant freq ~30MHz. That's why I said "hard to believe". I guessed this wrong
DC transimpedance was actually used for the calculation.
You may wonder why this 50uA is unreasonable number.
Basically this is just my feeling and probably is same as Rana's feeling.
But "my feeling" can't be a scientific explanation. Here is some estimation.
Looking at my note in 2010:
https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/40m_Library (Comparisons of the PD circuits by KA)
The expected shot noise intercept current (idc) is
idc = 2 kB T / (e Rres),
where Rres is the impedance of the resonant circuit at the resonant freq.
This Rres is expressed as
Rres = 1/(4 pi^2 fres^2 Cd^2 Rs),
where Cd and Rs are the capacitance and series resistance of the diode.
If we input realistic numbers,
Cd = 100pF
Rs = 10 Ohm
fres = 30MHz
We obtain, Rres ~ 300Ohm, and idc = 0.2mA
In other words, Rs needs to be 2~3Ohm in order to have idc = 50uA.
This is too small from the previous measurements.
Test Results for C30642 LSC Diode Elements by Rich Abbott