Lot's of alignment work, still no AS beam. REFL is clipped by Faraday output aperture......
Our guess is that this is because we skipped MC centering.
Alignment procedure we took:
1. AM work: Aligned input beam using TT1/TT2
such that the beam hits ETMY and ITMY at the center.
2. Coarsely aligned ITMY
such that the ITMY retro-reflected beam hits BS at the center.
3. Aligned ETMY (we didn't actually move ITMY)
such that Y arm flashes.
This tells you that ITMY is aligned well to the incident beam.
4. Aligned BS
such that the beam hits ITMX at the center.
5. Aligned ITMX
such that the ITMX retro-reflected beam hits BS at the center.
At this point, we saw MI fringes at AS port.
6. Fine alignment of ITMX:
MI reflected beam was not overlapping in front of BS after it was reflected by PRM.
We used this longer REFL path to tune alignment of ITMX to ITMY reflected beam.
We saw MI fringe at REFL port coming out of the chamber, but it was clipped.
7. Aligned PRM
by looking at REFL beam from PRM on the back face of Faraday (video FI_BACK).
We fine tuned the alignment such that PRM retro-relfected beam hits BS at the center and REFL beam from PRM overlaps with the MI fringes at the back face of Faraday.
8. Clipping of REFL at the Faraday output aperture:
We confirmed that the shape of the REFL beam from PRM was OK at the back face of Faraday. But some how, it was clipped at the output aperture. So, REFL beam coming out of the chamber is clipped now.
9. Tried to get AS beam out of the chamber:
We tweaked steering mirrors after SRM to get AS beam out of the chamber. But, we lost the AS beam between the very last folding mirrors (OMPO and OM6) in the OMC chamber......
1. Why clipping at the Faraday output aperture?
In principle, if PRM reflects the incident beam at normal incidence, it should pass the Faraday unclipped. But it's not!
Our guess is that the incident beam does not go well centered through the apertures of the Faraday. I think we have to do MC centering to get good pointing to the Faraday.
We also see that MI fringe at the back face of the Faraday is at the edge of its aperture, after all of these alignment work (we even used Y arm!). This tells you that some thing is wrong.
2. Why did you guys lose the AS beam?
AS beam is too weak after reflecting off of OMPO. The beam was neither visible on IR cards nor IR viewers. The beam is weaker than usual because PMC transmission is ~0.7 and MC REFL is getting high (~ 0.7). We didn't want to realign MC after all of this work today.
Tomorrow (my suggestion):
1. Align PMC (for higher power).
2. MC centering.
3. Input beam steering using TTs and redo the same alignment procedure (it shouldn't take longer than today).
==> Center beam on PR2 (Added by Manasa)
4. Maybe we should better check PRM reflection at REFL port after the Faraday, before doing the full alignment work.
5. Align AS, REFL, POP PDs/cameras.
6. Setup PRM/BS/ITMX/ITMY oplevs.
7. Balance the coils on these mirrors.
8. Lock PRMI.
What needs to be done before pumping down:
1. PRMI characterization: PR gain and g-factor
How can we do the g-factor measurement? Use additional laser? Kakeru method (elog #1434; we need to calibrate mirror tilt to do this)?
2. Glitch study in PRMI locking. If still glitchy, we have to do something. How is beam spot motion? (elog #6953)
3. Fine alignment of the flipped PR2.
4. Fine alignment of IFO using both arms.