I don't understand why the 1st order diffracted beam doesn't go to zero when you shut off the drive. My guess is that the standing acoustic wave in the AO crystal needs some time to decay: f = 40 MHz, tau = 1 usec... Q ~ 100. Perhaps, the crystal is damped by the PZT and ther output impedance of the mini-circuits switch is different from the AO driver.
In any case, if you need a faster shut off, or want something that more cleanly goes to zero, there is a large (~1 cm) aperture Pockels cell that Frank Siefert was using for making pulses to damage photo diodes. There is a DEI Pulser unit near the entrance to the QIL in Bridge which can drive it.
there is a large (~1 cm) aperture Pockels cell that Frank Siefert was using for making pulses to damage photo diodes. There is a DEI Pulser unit near the entrance to the QIL in Bridge which can drive it.
I'll look for it tomorrow, but I haven't given up on the AOMs yet. I swapped in the ISOMET modulator today and saw the same behavior, both in 0th and 1st order. The fall time is pretty much identical. Gautam saw no such thing in the PSL AOM using the same photodetector.
In the meantime I prepared the fiber mode-matching but realized in the process that I had mixed up some lenses. As a result the beam did not have a waist at the AOM location and thus didn't have the intended size, although I doubt that this would cause the slower decay. I'll fix it tomorrow, along with setting up the fiber injection, beat note with the PSL, and routing the fiber if possible.
nominal changed from 22 to 23 dB to minimize PC drive RMS
previous loop gain measurement is sort of bogus (made on SR785); need some 4395 loop measurements and checking of crossover and error point spectrum
I used Gautam's mode measurement of the auxiliary NPRO (w=127.3um, z=82mm) for the spacing of the optics on the PSL table for the fiber injection and light modulation. As mentioned in previous posts, for the time being there is no Faraday isolator and no broadband EOM installed, but they're accounted for in the mode propagation and they have space reserved if desired/required/available.
The coupler used for the injection is a Thorlabs F220APC-1064, which allegedly collimates the beam from the fiber type we use to 2.4mm diameter, which I used as the target for the mode calculations. I coupled the first order diffracted beam to a ~60m fiber, which is a tad long but the only fiber I could locate that was long enough. The coupling efficiency from free-space to fiber is 47.5%, and we can currently get up to 63 mW out of the fiber.
Tomorrow Steve and I are going to pull the fiber through protective tubing and bring it to the AS port. The next step is then characterizing the beam out of the collimator to match it into the interferometer.
As far as the switching itself is concerned: I confirmed that the exponential decay is still present when looking at the fiber output. I located the DEI Pulser unit in the QIL lab, and also found several more AOMs, including a 200MHz Crystal Technologies one, same brand that the PSL has, where the ringdown was not observed. According to past elogs, with good polarizers we can expect an extinction ratio of ~200 from the Pockels cell, which should be fine, but it's going to be tradeoff switching speed <-> extinction (if the alternate AOM doesn't show this ringdown behavior).
I brought the DEI Pulser unit and a suitable Pockels cell over from Bridge today (I also found an identical Pockels cell already at the 40m on the SP table, now that I knew what to look for).
I also brought the 200MHz AOM (Crystal Technology 3200-1113) along which can achieve rise times of 10 ns(!). Before I start setting up the Pockels cell I wanted to try this different AOM and look at its switching behavior. It asks for a much smaller beam (<65 um diam.) than what's currently in the path to the fiber (500 um diam.), although it's clear aperture is technically big enough (~1mm diam.). So I still tried, and the result was a somewhat elliptical deflected beam, and the slower decay was again visible after switching the RF input.
I was using the big Fluke function generator for the 200MHz seed signal, a Mini Circuits ZASWA-2-50 switch and a Mini Circuits ZHL-5W-1 amplifier. For the last two I moved two power supplies (+/-5V for the switch and +24V for the amplifier) into the PSL enclosure. I started at low seed power on the Fluke, routing the amplified signal into a 20dB attenuator before measuring it with an RF power meter. The AOM saturates at 2.5W (34 dBm), which I determined is achieved with a power setting on the Fluke of -4 dBm. As expected, this AOM performed faster (~80ns fall time) but I again observed the slower decay.
This struck me as weird and I started swapping components other than the AOM, which I probably should have done before. It turned out that it was the PD I was using (the same PDA10CF Gautam had used for his MC ringdown investigations). When I changed it to a PDA10A (Si diode, 150MHz bandwidth) the slow decay vanished! One last round of crappy screenshots:
Rather than proceeding with the Pockels cell, tomorrow I will make the beam in the AOM smaller and hope that that takes care of the ellipticity. If it does: the AOM can theoretically switch on ~10ns timescale, same for the switch (5-15ns typical), and the amplifier is non-resonant and works up to 500MHz, so it shouldn't be a limiting factor either. If this doesn't work out, we can still have ~100ns switching times with the other AOMs.
I changed the PSL table auxiliary laser setup to the 200 MHz AOM and put the light back in the fiber. Coupling efficiency is again ~50%, giving us up to about 75 mW of auxiliary laser light on the AS table. The 90% to 10% fall time of the light power out of the fiber when switched off is 16.5 ns with this AOM on the PDA10A, which will be sufficient for the ringdown measurements.
PMC wasn't locking. Had to power down c1psl. Did burt restore. Still not great.
I think many of the readbacks on the PMC MEDM screen are now bogus and misleading since the PMC RF upgrade that Gautam did awhile ago. We ought to fix the screen and clearly label which readbacks and actuators are no longer valid.
Also, the locking procedure is not so nice. The output V adjust doesn't work anymore with BLANK enabled. Would be good to make an autolocker script if we find a visitor wanting to do something fun.
There are fewer lies on this screen now. For reference, the details of the electronics modifications made are in this elog.
I have just received the scheduling of the PSL self work for tomorrow. Gautam and I agreed that if it is needed I will shut the laser off and cover the hole table with plastic.
Measurements for good fit were made. The new shelf will be installed on next Tuesday at 2pm
The reference cavity ion pump is in the way so the cavity will be moved 5" westward. The shelf height space will be 10" Under shelf working height 18" to optical table.
While moving the RefCav to facilitate the PSL shelf install, I bumped the power cable to the AOM driver. I will re-solder it in the evening after the shelf installation. PMC and IMC have been re-locked. Judging by the PMC refl camera image, I may also have bumped the camera as the REFL spot is now a little shifted. The fact that the IMC re-locked readily suggests that the input pointing can't have changed significantly because of the RefCav move.
[ Johannes, Rana, Mark and Steve ]
On the second trial the shelf was installed. Plastic cover removed. South end door put back on and 2W Inno turned on.
Shelf 10 " below the existing one: 92" x 30" x 3/4" melamine (or MDF) covered with white Formica. 200 lbs it's max load. Working distance to top of the table 18"
Johannes informed me that he touched up the PMC REFL camera alignment. I am holding off on re-soldering the AOM driver power as I could use another pair of hands getting the power cable disentangled and removed from the 1X2 rack rails, so that I can bring it out to the lab and solder it back on.
Is anyone aware of a more robust connector solution for the type of power pins we have on the AOM driver?
Till RIN measurement noise eater is off on 2W laser. The inno 1W has no noise eater.
2010 power v current table is below.
Koji and Kevin measured the output power vs injection current for the Innolight 2W laser.
The threshold current is 0.75 A.
The following data was taken with the laser crystal temperature at 25.04ºC (dial setting: 0.12).
I think we can scrap the 126MOPA channels since they're associated with the Lightwave NPRO and MOPA. We should add the channels that we need for monitoring the Innolight NPRO from the d-sub connector on its controller.
Caution: Because of this work and my negligence, the RF output of the main Marconi for the IFO modulation is probably off. The amplifier (freq gen. box) was turned on. Therefore, we need to turn the Marconi on for the IFO locking.
I worked on my EOM m easurement using the beat setup. As there was the aux injection electronics, I performed my measurement having tried not to disturb the aux setup. The aux Marconi, the splitted PD output, and an open channel of the oscilloscope were used for my purpose. I have brought the RF spectrum analyzer from the control room. I think I have restored all the electronics back as before. I have re-aligned the beat setup after the EOM removed. Note that the aux NPRO, which had been on, was turned off to save the remaining life of the laser diode.
The 3IFO EOM was formerly tuned as the H2 EOM, so the resonant frequencies are different from the nominal aLIGO ones.
PORT1: 8.628MHz / 101 +/- 6 mrad_pk/V_pk
PORT2: 24.082MHz / 41.2 +/- 0.7 mrad_pk/V_pk
PORT3: 43.332MHz / 62.2 +/- 4 mrad_pk/V_pk
9MHz modulation is about x2.4 better than the one installed at LHO.
24MHz modulation is about x14 better. (This is OK as the new 24MHz is not configured to be resonant.)
45MHz modulation is about x1.4 better.
The marconi RF output was turned on and thus the RF generator condition was restored to the nominal state on Friday 11th.
The AUX laser is down to 5.4 mW output power
What's worse, because we wanted those fast switching times by the AOM for ringdowns, I made the beam really small, which
When going though the labs with Koji last week I discovered a stash of modulators in the Crackle lab. Among them there's an 80 MHz AOM with compact driver that had a modulation bandwidth of 30MHz. The fall time with this one should be around 100ns, and since the arm cavities have linewidths of ~10kHz their ringdown times are a few microseconds, so that would be sufficient. I suggest we swap this or a similar one in for the current one, make the beam larger, and redo the fiber modematching. That way we may get ~3mW onto the AS table.
I think I want to use AS110 for the ringdowns, so in the next couple days I'll look into its noise to get a better idea about what power we need for the arm ringdowns.
I brought the NPRO from the Crackle experiment over to the 40m Lab and set it up on the PSL table to replace the slowly dying AUX laser. I also brought along a Faraday isolator, broadband EOM, and an ISOMET AOM with driver electronics from the optics storage in the Crackle Lab.
This laser is a much newer model, made in 2008, and still has all its mojo, but we should probably keep up the practice of turning it off when it's not going to be used for a while. I measured 320 mW leaving the laser, and 299mW of that going through the Faraday isolator, whose Brewster-angle polarizer I had to clean because they were a little dusty. While the laser output is going strong, the controller displays a power output of only 10 mW, which makes me think that the power monitoring PD is busted. This is a completely different failure mode from what we've seen with the other NPROs that we can hopefully get repaired at some point, particularly because the laser is newer, but for now it's installed on the PSL table. This likely means that the noise eater isn't working on this unit either, for different reasons, but at least we have plenty of optical power.
The setup is very similar to before, with the addition of a Faraday isolator and a broadband EOM, in case we decide to get more bandwidth in the PLL. I changed the Crystal Technologies 3200-113 200 MHz AOM for an ISOMET 80 MHz AOM with RF driver from the Crackle lab's optics storage and sized the AUX beam to a diameter of 200 micron. I couldn't locate an appropriate heat sink for the driver, which is still in factory condiction, but since the PSL AOM also runs on 80MHz I used that one instead. The two AOMs saturate at different RF powers, so care must be taken to not drive the AUX AOM too high. At 600 mV input to the driver the deflection into the first order was maximal at 73 % of the input power, with the second order beam and the first order on the other side cleary visible.
In order to speed things up I didn't spend too much time on mode-matching, but the advantage of the fiber setup is that we can always improve later if need be without affecting things downstream. I coupled the first order beam into the fiber to the AS table with 58% efficiency, and restored the beat with the PSL laser on the NewFocus 1611. The contrast there is only about 20%, netting a -20 dBm beat note. This is only a marginal improvement from before, so the PLL will work as usual, but if we get the visibility up a little in the future we won't need to amplify the PD signal for the PLL anymore.
Some more things I wanted to do but didn't get to today are
I'll resume this work tomorrow. I turned the aux laser and the AOM driver input off. For the PSL beat the AOM drive is not needed, and the power in the optical fiber should not exceed 100 mW, so the offset voltage to the AOM RF driver has to remain below 300 mV.
> While the laser output is going strong, the controller displays a power output of only 10 mW, which makes me think that the power monitoring PD is busted.
NPRO internal power monitor often shows smaller value than the actual due to a broken PD or misalignment. I don't think we need to fix it.
STEVE: Aux Lightwave M126-1064-200, sn259 [July 2009] 1.76A, ADJ 9, 9mW on it's display should not mislead you. It's output 320mW
I couldn't locate an appropriate heat sink for the driver, which is still in factory condiction, but since the PSL AOM also runs on 80MHz I used that one instead.
We have the appropriate heatsink - I'd like to minimize interference with the main beam wherever possible.
For the PSL beat the AOM drive is not needed, and the power in the optical fiber should not exceed 100 mW, so the offset voltage to the AOM RF driver has to remain below 300 mV.
If damage to the fiber is a concern, I think it's better to use a PBS + waveplate to attenuate the power going into the fiber. When the AOM switching is hooked up to CDS, it's easy to imagine a wrong button being pressed or a wrong value being typed in.
It would probably also be good to have a pickoff monitor for the NPRO DC power so that we can confirm its health (in the short run, we can hijack a PSL Acromag channel for this purpose, as we now do for FSS_RMTEMP). I don't know that we need an EOM for the PLL, as in order to get that going, we probably need some fast electronics for the EOM path, like an FSS box.
STEVE: I ordered the right heatsink for the acousto after Koji pointed out that the vertical fins are 20% more efficient. Why? Because hot air rises. It will be here in 3-4 days.
I was wondering why the PMC modulation sidebands are showing up on the control room analyzer with ~6dB difference in amplitude. Then I realized that it is reasonable for the cabling to have 6dB higher loss at 80 MHz compared to 20 MHz.
(Johannes, Koji, Keerthana)
The PLL loop ensures that the frequency difference between the PSL laser and the AUX laser is equal to the frequency we provide to the Local Oscillator (LO) with the help of a Marconi. Only a small pick off part of both the AUX and PSL lasers are going to the PLL loop. The other part of both the lasers are going to the interferometer. Before entering into the optical fibre, the AUX laser passes through an AOM which changes its frequency by an amount of 80MHz. When the PLL is locked, the frequency coming out of the PLL will be equal to the frequency set up in the Marconi (fm). When it passes through AOM, the frequency becomes fdiff = fm ±80 MHz. If this frequency beam and the PSL laser beam is aligned properly, and if this frequency is equal to the product of an integer and the free spectral range of the cavity, this will resonate in the cavity. Then we expect to get a peak in the ETM transmission spectrum corresponding to the frequency we injected through the optical Fibre.
Through out the experiment we need to make sure that the PSL is locked. Thus, the signal detected by the photo detector when only PSL is resonating inside the cavity, act as a DC signal. Then we give a narrow scan to the Marconi. When fdiff = N*FSRy this condition is satisfied, we will observe a peak in the output. Here FSRy is the free spectral range of the cavity which is approximately equal to 3.893 MHz.
Yesterday afternoon, Johannes, Koji and myself tried to observe this peak. We aligned the cavity by observing the output signal from the AS100 photo detector. We made the alignment in such a way that the intensity output getting from this photo detector is maximum. We used a Spectrum analyser to see the output. After that we connected a photo detector to collect the YEND transmission signal from the ETM mirror. We used a lens to focus this directly to the photodetector. Then we connected this photodetector to the spectrum analyser, which was located near the AS table. We took a large cable to meet this purpose. But still the cable was not lengthy enough, so we joined it with another cable and finally connected it with the spectrum analyser. Then we gave a scan to the Marconi from 51 MHZ to 55 MHz. We repeated this experiment with a scan of 55 MHz to 59 MHz also. We repeated this a few times, but we were not able to see the peak.
We assume that this can be because of some issue with the alignment or it can be because of some issue with the photo detector we used. We would like to repeat this experiment and get the signal properly.
I am attaching a flow chart of the setup and also a picture of the mirrors and photo detector we inserted in the Y-End table.
I worked a bit on the PSL table today
It isn't clear to me in the drawing where the Agilent is during this measurement. Over 40m of cabling, the loss of signal can be a few dB, and considering we don't have a whole lot of signal in the first place, it may be better to send the stronger RF signal (i.e. Marconi pickoff) over the long cable rather than the weak beat signal from the Transmission photodiode.
Among the things that we hadn't taken care of yesterday before beginning to look for transmission signals were the polarization of the AUX beam on the AS table and optimizing the PLL feedback. The AUX beam is s-polarized on the PSL table (choice due to availablility of mirrors), and I added a half waveplate in front of the fiber to match it's axes. I placed another half-waveplate at the fiber output and send the reflection port of a PBS cube onto a PDA1CS photodetector. By alternatingly turning the waveplates I minimized the reflected light, giving strongly p-polarized light on the AS table for best results when interfering with the IFO beam. I wiggled the fiber and found no strong dependency of the output polarization on fiber bending. Attachment 2 shows the current layout.
The beat signal between AUX and PSL table is at -20dBm, and I adjusted the PLL gain and PI-corner to get reliable locking behavior. I think it's a good idea to keep the AUX beam on the AS table blocked while it's not in use, and only unblock it when it is phaselocked to avoid a rogue beam with no fixed phase relation to the PSL in the IFO.I blocked the beam after completing this work today.
I used the signal chain that Keerthana, Koji, and I set up yesterday to look for mode flashed of the AUX light in the YARM using the RF beat with the PSL carrier in transmission. To align the AUX beam to the arm the following steps were performed:
This was followed by a sweep over two full FSRs. Attachment #1 shows the trace recorded by the AG4395 using the max data hold setting during the sweep. Essentially the beat between AUX and PSL carrier traced out the arm's transmission curve. At minimum transmission there was still a ~82dB beat on the transmission PD visible.
The YEND QPD is currently blocked and sees no light.
Yesterday, I moved the following optics:
After moving these components around a bit, I locked them down once I was happy that the beam was pretty well centered on both of them, and also on AS110 and AS55 (measured using O'scope with single bounce from one ITM, other optics misaligned).
The beam was close to clipping on the lens mentioned in #1, probably because this wasn't checked when the 90-10 BS was installed for the AUX laser. Furthermore, I believe we are losing more than 10% of the light due to this BS. The ASDC (which is derived from AS55 PD) level is down at ~110cts as the Michelson is fringing, while it used to be ~200 cts. I will update with a power measurement shortly. But I think we should move ahead with the plan to combine the beam into the IFO's AS mode as discussed at the meeting last week.
Unrelated to this work, but c1psl and c1iscaux were keyed.
ASDC has something weird going on with it - my main goal yesterday was to calibrate the actuators of ITMX, ITMY and BS using the Michelson. But with the Michelson locked on a dark fringe, the ASDC level changed by up to 50 counts seemingly randomly (bright fringe was ~1000 cts, I had upped the whitening gain to +21dB), even though the CCD remained clearly dark throughout. Not sure if the problem is in the readout electronics or in the PD itself.
Furthermore, I believe we are losing more than 10% of the light due to this BS. The ASDC (which is derived from AS55 PD) level is down at ~110cts as the Michelson is fringing, while it used to be ~200 cts. I will update with a power measurement shortly. But I think we should move ahead with the plan to combine the beam into the IFO's AS mode as discussed at the meeting last week.
Is the 10% specified for P-Pol or for UNP? I contacted CVI about beamsplitters, since their website doesn't list a BS1-1064-90-... option on the website. They say a R=90% beamsplitter would be a custom job. The closest stock item they got is BS1-1064-95-2025-45UNP specified at R=95% for UNPolarized beams. They were kind enough to sent me the measured transmission curves for a recent lot of these, which is attached was uploaded to the wiki [Elog Police K: NO PROPRIETARY DOCUMENTS ON THE ELOG, which is public. Put it on our wiki and put the link here]. The figure is not labeled, but according to the contact Red is S-Pol and Blue is P-Pol, which means that this one actually has R=~90% for P, pretty much what we want. We'll need to buy two of these to make the swap in the setup.
Back to your original point: There's only a BS1-1064-10-2025-45UNP on the website, so unless we got these as custom items, the R for P-Pol is probably NOT actually 10%, just somewhere between 0% and 20%
Of course, many (but no all) of the optics were custom-ordered back in ~2000.
4 std cataloge item fused silica BS1-1064-95-2025-45UNP
ordered today. They will arrive no later than July 13, 2018
In order to use the 0th-order deflection beam from the AOM for cavity mode scans, I've coaligned this beam to the existing mode-matching/launch optics set up for the 1st-order beam.
Instead of being dumped, the 0th-order beam is now steered by two 45-degree mirrors into the existing beam path. The second mirror is on a flip mount so that we can quickly switch between 0th-order/1st-order injections. None of the existing optics were touched, so the 1st-order beam alignment should still be undisturbed.
Currently the 0th-order beam is being injected into the IFO. After attenuating so as to not exceed 100 mW incident on the fiber, approximately 50 mW of power reaches the AS table. That coupling efficiency is similar to what we have with the 1st-order beam. With the Y-arm cavity locked and the AUX PLL locked at RF offset = 47.60 MHz (an Y-arm FSR), I observed a -50 dBm beat note at Y-end transmission.
I was preparing for the aLIGO EOM measuement to be carried out tomorrow afternoon.
I did a few modifications to the PLL setup.
Tomorrow I am going to modulate the EOM with the AUX Marconi via an amplifier (probably)
Automated scripts (AGinit.py and AGmeas.py) are in /users/koji/scripts
I will revert the setup once the measurement is done tomorrow.
Rich and I worked on the EOM measurement. After the measurement, the setup was reverted to the nominal state
The main laser went off when PSL doors were opened-closed. It was turned back on and the PSL is locked.
I tried to plot a long trend MC Transmitted today. I could not get farther than 2017 Aug 4
The mode cleaner was misaligned probably due to the earthquake (the drop in the MC transmitted value slightly after utc 7:38:52 as seen in the second plot). The plots show PMC transmitted and MC sum signals from 10th june 07:10:08 UTC over a duration of 17 hrs. The PMC was realigned at about 4-4:15 pm today by rana. This can be seen in the first plot.
Attached is my phone recording of what it sounds like right now in the PSL enclosure - not good for frequency noise measurement! The culprit is the little PC fan that is hacked onto the back of the Innolight controller.
This thread: ELOG 10295
My interpretation of these ELOGs is that we did not have the replacement, and then I brought unknown fan from WB. At the same time, Steve ordered replacement fans which we found in the blue tower yesterday.
The next action is to replace the internal fan, I believe.
I could probably install the new fan if we have one. Can you do without the laser for a while?
My interpretation of these ELOGs is that we did not have the replacement, and then I brought unknown fan from WB. At the same time, Steve ordered replacement fans which we found in the blue tower yesterday.
The next action is to replace the internal fan, I believe.
When I got back from lunch just now, I noticed that the PMC TRANS and REFL cameras were showing no spots. I went onto the PSL table, and saw that the NPRO was in fact turned off. I turned it back on.
The laser was definitely ON when I left for lunch around 130pm, and this happend around 140pm. Anjali says no one was in the lab in between. None of the FEs are dead, suggesting there wasn't a labwide power outage, and the EX and EY NPROs were not affected. I had pulled out the diagnostics connector logged by Acromag, I'm restoring it now in the hope we can get some more info on what exactly happened if this is a recurring event. So FSS_RMTEMP isn't working from now on. Sooner we get the PSL Acromag crate together, the better...
Happened again at ~730pm.
The NPRO diag channels don't really tell me what happened in a causal way, but the interlock channel seems suspicious. Why is the nominal value 0.04 V? From the manual, it looks like the TGUARD is an indication of deviations between the set temperature and actual diode laser temperature. Is it normal for it to be putting out 11V?
I'm not going to turn it on again right now while I ponder which of my hands I need to chop off.
I'm restoring it now in the hope we can get some more info on what exactly happened if this is a recurring event.
After discussing with Koji, I turned the NPRO back on again, at ~4PM local time. I first dialled the injection current down to 0A. Then powered the control unit state to "ON". Then I ramped up the power by turning the front panel dial. Lasing started at 0.5A, and I saw no abrupt swings in the power (I used PMC REFL as a monitor, there were some mode flashes which are the dips seen in the power, and the x-axis is in units of time not pump current). PMC was relocked and IMC autolocker locked the IMC almost immediately.
Now we wait and watch I guess.
When dialing up the current, I went up to 2.01 A on the front panel display, which is what I remember it being. The label on the controller is from when the laser was still putting out 2W, and says the pump current should be 2.1 A. Anyhow, the MC transmission is ~7% lower now (14500 cts compared to the usual 15000-15500 cts), even after tweaking the PMC alignment to minimize PMC REFL. Potentially there is less power coming out of the NPRO. I will measure it at the window tomorrow with a power meter.
NPRO shutoff at ~1517 local time today afternoon. Again, not many clues from the NPRO diagnostics channel, but to my eye, the D1_POW channel shows the first variation from the "steady state", followed by the other channels. This is ~0.1 sec before the other channels register some change, so I don't know how much we can trust the synchronizaiton of the EPICS data streams. I won't turn it on again for now. I did check that the little fan on the back of the NPRO controller is still rotating.
gautam 10am 4/29: I also added a longer term trend of these diagnostic channels, no clear trends suggesting a fault are visible. The y-axis units for all plots are in Volts, and the data is sampled at 16 Hz.
It is noticed that one of the doors (door # 2 ) of the PSL table is broken. Attachement #1 shows the image
Gautam and I are removing the prototype Acromag chassis from the 1x4 rack to make room for the new c1susuax hardware. I shut down and disabled the modbusPSL service running on c1auxex, which serves the PSL diagnostic channels hosted by this chassis. The service will need to be restarted and reenabled once the chassis has been reinstalled elsewhere.
I turned the 2W NPRO back on again at ~4pm local time, dialing the injection current up from 0-2A in ~2 mins. I noticed today that the lasing only started at 1A, whereas just last week, it started lasing at 0.5A. After ~5 minutes of it being on, I measured 950 mW after the 11/55 MHz EOM on the PSL table. The power here was 1.06 W in January, so ~💯 mW lower now. 😮
I found out today that the way the python FSS SLOW PID loop is scripted, if it runs into an EZCA error (due to the c1psl slow machine being dead), it doesn't handle this gracefully (it just gets stuck). I rebooted the crate for now and the MC autolcoker is running fine again.
NPRO turned off again at ~8pm local time after Anjali was done with her data taking. I measured the power again, it was still 950mW, so at least the output power isn't degrading over 4 hours by an appreciable amount...
Per instructions from Coherent, I made the some changes to the NPRO settings. The value we were operating at is in the column labelled "Operating value", while that in the Innolight test datasheet is in the rightmost column. I changed the Xtal temp and pump current to the values Innolight tested them at (but not the diode temps as they were close and they require a screwdriver to adjust), and turned the laser on again at ~1245pm local time. The acromag channels are recording the diagnostic information.
update 2:30pm - looking at the trend, I saw that D2 TGuard channel was reporting 0V. This wasn't the case before. Suspecting a loose contact, I tightened the DSub connectors at the controller and Acromag box ends. Now it too reports ~10V, which according to the manual signals normal operation. So if one sees an abrupt change in this channel in the long trend since 1245pm, that's me re-seating the connector. According to the manual, an error state would be signalled by a negative voltage at this pin, up to -12V. Also, the Innolight manual says pin 13 of the diagnostics connector is indicating the "Interlock" state, but doesn't say what the "expected" voltage should be. The newer manual Coherent sent me has pin13 listed as "Do not use".
As we have seen in the last few weeks, the laser turned itself off after a few hours of running. So bypassing the lab interlock system / reverting laser crystal temperature to the value from Innolight's test datasheet did not fix the problem.
I do not understand why the "Interlock" and "TGUARD" channels come revert to their values when the laser was lasing a few minutes after the shutoff. Is this just an artefact of the way the diagnostics is set up, or is this telling us something about what is causing the shutoff?
My hunch is that the TECs are working too hard and can't offload the heat onto the heat sinks. As the diode's degrade, more of the electrical power is converted to heat in the diodes rather than 808 nm photons. So hopefully the increased airflow will help.
I tried to increase the DTEC setpoints, but that seems to detune them too far from the laser absorption band, so that's not very efficient for us. IN any case, if we end up changin the laser temperature, we'll have to adjust the ALS lasers to match, and that will be annoying.
The office area was very cold and the HVAC air flow stronger than usual. I changed the setpoint on the thermostat near Steve's desk from 71 to 73F at 1830 today.