I attached clipping/centering checklist for the alignment.
Blue ones are the ones we checked today. Red ones should be checked tomorrow. Circles indicate centering on the optics, rectangles indicate clipping check, and arrows indicate retro-reflecting or bounces.
We found mis-centering on MMT1, PR2 and SR3 tonight (by ~0.5 beam diameter). They are also indicated.
I think we don't want to touch MMT1 and PR2 anymore, because they change input beam pointing.
I'm a little bit concerned about high beam on SR3, because we had PRC flashing in vertical higher order modes. We also see ETMX slider values high in pitch (~ 5.4).
Also, the diameter of ETMX reflected beam on ITMX looked larger and dimmer than ITMX transmitted beam, which doesn't seem reasonable.
Wednesday, Feb 20:
- tweak TT1/TT2 and PRM so PRC flashes
- re-check Yarm/Xarm bounces
- center beam on all AS optics, starting from SR2
- make sure REFL and AS is clear
- check if TRY/TRX are coming out from the ends
- check beam centering on mirrors in IMC/OMC chamber as far as you can reach
- inject green from both ends
- make sure green beams are not clipped by mirrors on BS chamber, IMC/OMC chamber
- re-center all oplevs, with no clipping
- check all OSEM values
- take pictures of flipped PR2 and input TTs (and everything)
- close all heavy doors and put the access connector back
Thursday, Feb 21:
- make sure we can lock PRMI
- start pumping down when Steve arrives
After in-vac alignment work last night, PRC is flashing brighter than PRMI alignment last week.
My hypothesis is that "we aligned PRM to junk MI fringe last week". Possibly, we used MI fringe caused by AR reflection of ITMs, or MI fringe reflected from SRM.
PRC flashing last week (youtube, elog #8085, elog #8091)
PRC flashing this time (Lens in-front of AS camera was taken out)
My hypothesis can explain:
- why we had dimmer POP last week (flash in half-PRC was way brighter even when we had more attenuators (youtube))
- why I thought AS55 is broken (AS was too dim)
Be careful of junk beams.
I have updated the vacuum checklist for in vacuum alignment. Please take a look (https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/vent/checklist) and see if I missed anything. My goal was to make it incredibly step-by-step so there can be no mistakes.
[Yuta, Manasa, Sendhil, Jenne, Steve, Jamie, Koji, Evan]
The interferometer is well-aligned, and ready for pump-down. The access connector is in place, as are the ETM heavy doors. We will do ITM and BS doors tomorrow, then begin pumping.
Before we redid the ITM pointing, I confirmed that I could see both POX and POY on their respective tables, on a camera, unclipped. I should check again quickly now that the ITM pointing has been finalized.
We went back to the arms, to perfect the ITM pointing. Input beam was already centered at ETMY. ETMY was pointing so that beam reflected to ITMY. ITMY was adjusted a few (less than 4?) steps of 1e-3 size, to make reflected beam hit center of ETMY.
BS was already pointing so beam hit center of ETMX. ETMX was pointing to hit center of ITMX. ITMX was adjusted a few (less than 4 again?) steps of 1e-3 size to make reflected beam hit center of ETMX.
Checked centering on AS path. AS beam comes out of the vacuum a little low, but this wasn't discovered until after the access connector was in place. We could adjust PZT3 (last AS mirror on BS table that sends beam over to OMC table), but we don't want to do this since we won't be able to re-confirm centering on the 3 mirrors on the OMC table.
Green beams (first Y, then X) were aligned using out-of-vac steering mirrors until beams were flashing in their respective arm cavities. Green Y is a little close to the edge of the bottom periscope mirror, on the "up" periscope. Since there is no steering between the arm and this periscope, fixing it would require moving the periscope. We leave this to the next vent, when we finally install the BS table extension. We were flashing a higher order yaw mode (5ish nodes) for the Y arm, and the very edge of the higher order mode on one side was a little bit clipped after reflecting off the steering mirror on the OMC table. This is happening because that mirror is in the mount backwards (so we have access to the knobs). We are confident that the straight-through beam is well centered on that mirror, so once we get it aligned to TEM00, there will be no clipping. We then did the X arm green, which was flashing a pitch higher order mode (again 5ish nodes). The very edge of the higher order mode is clipping a little bit on the top mirror of the "down" periscope on the IMC table, but again the straight through beam is okay, and we're confident that the TEM00 mode will make it unclipped. We could have touched some steering mirrors on the BS table, but since this was once upon a time well aligned, we don't want to futz with it.
Corner oplevs are all centered on their QPDs. (The ETM oplevs were centered a few days ago).
Access connector and ETM doors are on.
The last 3 vertex doors will go on tomorrow when Steve gets in, and then we'll start pumping.
There are no in-vac PZTs that need to be turned on (we've been using the output steering PZTs as non-energized fixed mirrors for some time), so we can lock at our leisure tomorrow afternoon.
Manasa and I are trying to get the AS beam onto the AS camera with a focusing lens. Currently, the mirror immediately preceding the camera has been removed and the camera and lens are sitting directly behind the BS.
After aligning IFO and putting the access connector on, we also centered IPANG/IPPOS and all oplevs (except SRM).
To avoid clipping of PRM/BS oplevs, we re-arranged oplev steering mirrors on BS table.
What we did:
1. Checked IPANG comes out unclipped after putting on the access connector.
2. Centered IPANG on its QPD.
3. Checked oplevs beams for ITMX/ITMY centered on in-vac mirrors, and centered them on their QPDs.
4. Checked IPPOS beam is centered on the mirrors inside BS chamber, and centered IPPOS on its QPD.
5. Tweaked oplev mirrors on BS chamber to make PRM/BS oplev beam unclipped and centered on mirrors, and centered them on their QPDs. To avoid clipping of oplev beams in BS table, we re-arranged oplev steering mirrors on BS table (outside the vaccum).
QPD values, IFO_ALIGN/MC_ALIGN screens, OSEM values attached.
- IR incident beam and IFO aligned
- X/Y end green coming out to PSL table (in higher order modes)
- IPANG/IPPOS available
- All oplevs available
- AS/REFL/POP cameras ready
- access connector, ETMX/ETMY heavy doors on
- ITMX/ITMX/BS heavy doors are not on
- AS/REFL/POP PDs not centered
- POX/POY/TRX/TRY not aligned
- AS beam coming out of the OMC chamber low by ~ 1 beam diameter (my bad)
- Align AS/REFL/POP PD and lock PRMI
- Take pictures of ITMX/ITMY/BS stacks
- Put heavy doors on ITMX/ITMY/BS chambers
- Start pumping down
Please confirm the SRM OL beam is not too bad and also find where the mis-aligned SRM puts its beam. WE want to be sure that there is not too much unwanted scattering from SRM into the PRFPMI.
Currently, SRM is misaligned in pitch so that SRM reflected beam hits on the top edge of SR3 (not on the mirror, but on the cage holding the mirror).
We also confirmed that SRM oplev beam is coming out from the chamber unclipped, and centered on QPD when SRM is "aligned".
Blue ones are the ones we checked yesterday.
Green ones are the ones we checked today.
Red ones are the ones we couldn't check.
We noticed mis-centering on green optics and partial clipping of higher order modes, but we did not touch any green optics in-vac. This is because green beam from Y end and X end has different spot positions on the green optics after periscopes. We confirmed that direct green beam from ends are not clipped.
I believe we have checked everything important. Any other concerns?
Is the beam going towards the OMC going to cause backscatter because of uncontrolled OMC or can we park that beam somewhere dark?
I'm not sure about the OMC situation at 40m. I think there are no direct beam reflected back into IFO from OMC path. There must be some backscatter, but we have to open OMC chamber again to put a beam dump.
I don't think we want to put one in OMC path for this pump-down, but we can put a beam dump to dump reflected beam from mis-aligned SRM tomorrow, if available.
We aligned Y arm to Y green and tweaked TT1/TT2 to get IR locked in Y arm.
1. Align ETMY/ITMY to maximize TEM00 green transmission to PSL table. We reached ~240 uW.
2. Aligned PRM and TT2 so that PRM reflected beam go through FI and get ITMY-PRM cavity flashing. This is to coarsely align input pointing to Y arm. After this alignment, we got tiny Y arm flash. Input pointing to IPANG QPD was lost.
3. Aligned TT1/TT2 to maximize TRY in TEM00. We reached ~0.92.
I was struggling with finding Y arm flash. I was using IPPOS/IPANG as input pointing reference, and slider values (C1:SUS-(ITMY|ETMY)_(PIT|YAW)_COMM) or OSEM values (C1:SUS-(ITMY|ETMY)_SUS(PIT|YAW)_IN1) before pumping for Y arm alignment reference. But it was a lot more easier if Y arm is aligned to green and having Yarm cavity axis assured.
- X arm flash in IR
- Steer X end green
- If X arm or AS looks bad, adjust IR input pointing and Y arm alignment. We have to steer Y end green afterwards.
That's good news. I was ready to give up and say we should vent and remove the baffles. It will be interesting if you can find out how much the sensors and OL and IPANG are off from their pre-pump values. We should think about how to have better references.
Also, what is the story with the large drift we are seeing in IPANG?
[Jenne, Evan, Yuta]
After Y alignment, X arm is aligned to IR and we got both arms locked in IR.
There's some dift (input pointing?) and this made aligning both arms tough. I will elog about it later.
Attached is ETMYF. ETMXF, ITMYF, ITMXF when both arms are locked by IR.
1. Algined BS/ITMX to get MI fringe in AS. We got X arm flashing at this point.
2. Use BS/ITMX/ETMX to get TRX maximized, without losing good MI fringe in AS. We reached 0.75.
3. There was clipping of TRX beam at Xend optics. Since whole IFO alignment is started from Y green, this clipping is because of poor Y green pointing. But we needed clear TRX for aligning Xarm, so we re-arranged Xend TRX path to avoid clipping.
X arm issues:
- Beam motion at TRX is larger than TRY. Turning off clean table air didn't help. Maybe we need BS oplev on or ETMX coil gain balancing.
- X green scatters into TRX PD and ETMXT camera. Fix them.
Both arms are aligned starting from Y green.
We have all beams unclipped except for IPANG. I think we should ignore IPANG and go on to PRMI locking and FPMI locking using ALS.
IPANG/IPPOS and oplev steering mirrors are kept un-touched after pumping until now.
Current alignment situation:
- Yarm aligned to green (Y green transmission ~240 uW)
- TT1/TT2 aligned to Yarm (TRY ~0.86)
- BS and Xarm alined to each other (TRX ~ with MI fringe in AS)
- X green is not aligned yet
- PRMI aligned
Current output beam situation:
IPPOS - Coming out clear but off in yaw. Not on QPD.
IPANG - Coming out but too high in pitch and clipped half of the beam. Not on QPD.
TRY - On PD/camera.
POY - On PD.
TRX - On PD/camera.
POX - On PD.
REFL - Coming out clear, on camera (centered without touching steering mirrors).
AS - Coming out clear, on camera (centered without touching steering mirrors).
POP - Coming out clear, on camera (upper left on camera).
Optic Pre-pump(pit/yaw) PRFPMI aligned(pit/yaw)
ITMX -0.26 / 0.60 0.25 / 0.95
ITMY -0.12 / 0.08 0.50 / 0.39
ETMX -0.03 / -0.02 -0.47 / 0.19
ETMY 0.37 / -0.62 -0.08 / 0.80
BS -0.01 / -0.18 -1 / 1 (almost off)
PRM -0.34 / 0.03 -1 / 1 (almost off)
All values +/- ~0.01. So, oplevs are not useful for alignment reference.
Optic Pre-pump(pit/yaw) PRFPMI aligned(pit/yaw)
ITMX -1660 / -1680 -1650 / -1680
ITMY -1110 / 490 -1070 / 440
ETMX -330 / -5380 -380 / -5420
ETMY -1890 / 490 -1850 / 430
BS 370 / 840 360 / 800
PRM -220 / -110 -310 / -110
All values +/- ~10.
We checked that if there's ~1200 difference, we still see flash in Watec TR camera. So, OSEM values are quite good reference for optic alignment.
On Saturday, when Rana, Manasa, and I are trying to get Y arm flash, we noticed IPANG was drifting quite a lot in pitch. No calibration is done yet, but it went off the IPANG QPD within ~1 hour (attached).
When I was aligning Yarm and Xarm at the same time, TRY drifted within ~1 hour. I had to tweak TT1/TT2 mainly in yaw to keep TRY. I also had to keep Yarm alignment to Y green. I'm not sure what is drifting so much. Suspects are TT2, PR2/PR3, Y arm and Y green.
I made a simple script(/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/Alignment/ipkeeper) for keeping input pointing by centering the beam on IPPOS/IPANG using TT1/TT2. I used this for keeping input pointing while scanning Y arm alignment to search for Y arm flash this weekend (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/Alignment/scanArmAlignment.py). But now we have clipped IPANG.
So, what's useful for alignment after pumping?:
Optic alignment can be close by restoring OSEM values. For input pointing, IPPOS/IPANG are not so useful. Centering the beam on REFL/AS (POP) camera is a good start. But green works better.
We want to measure the g-factor of the PRC using the beat note of the main laser with an auxiliary NPRO laser.
We are going to phase lock the NPRO to the main laser (taking it from POY) and then we will inject the NPRO through the AS edge of the ITMY.
Today Sendhil and I installed the auxiliary laser on the ITMY table moving it from the AS table.
We also installed the beam steering optics, except the BS which will launch the beam through the AR edge of the ITMY.
To do: install the BS, take the POY beam and mix it with the auxiliary laser on a photodiode to phase lock the two lasers, do better calculations for the mode matching optics to be used for the auxiliary laser beam.
[Jenne, Manasa, Yuta]
We temporarily centered the beam on IPANG to see input pointing drift. From eyeball, drift was ~ 0.1 mrad/h in pitch.
What we did:
1. Aligned TT1/TT2 and aligned input pointing to Yarm.
2. Tweaked TT2 in pitch to center the beam on the first steering mirror of IPANG path. We still saw Yarm flash in higher order modes at this point. Before tweaking, the beam was hitting at the top edge.
3. Centered the beam on IPANG QPD.
4. Moved IPPOS first steering mirror because IPPOS beam was not on the mirror (off in yaw, on mirror edge). Also, IPPOS beam was coming out clipped in yaw.
5. Centered the beam on IPPOS QPD. We put lens in the path to focus the beam on the QPD.
6. Left input pointing untouched for 4 hours.
7. Restored TT2 again. We tried to align Y arm with IPANG available, but it was not possible without touching TRY path and AS was also clipped.
Below is the trend of IPANG sum, X, and Y. IPANG Y (IBQPD_Y) drifted by ~0.8 counts in 4 hours. IPANG is not calibrated yet, but Jenne used her eyeball to measure beam position shift on IPANG steering mirror. It shifted by ~2 mm. This means, input pointing drifts ~0.1 mrad/h in pitch.
Compared with yaw, pitch drift is quite large considering beam size at ETMY(~5 mm). We can monitor input pointing drift in weekends get longer trend.
- IPANG and IPPOS are both changed from the state before pumping.
I'm working on getting the input beam centered on the Yarm optics. To do this, I measured the spot positions, move the tip tilts, realign the cavity, then measure the new spot positions. While doing this, I am also moving the BS and Xarm optics to keep the Xarm aligned, so that I don't have to do hard beam-finding later.
Here is the plot of spot measurements today. The last measurement was taken with no moving, or realigning, just several hours later after speaking with our Indian visitors. I'm closer than I was, but there is more work to do.
Checking the drift in input pointing (TT2 is the main suspect)
I have centered IPPOS and the 2/3 part of IPANG that comes out of vacuum to the QPDs to see the drift in input pointing over the weekend or atleast overnight.
If anybody would be working with the IFO alignment over the weekend, do so only after recording the drift in IPANG and IPPOS or if you will be working later tonight, center them ion the QPDs before leaving.
I centered ipang and ippos on the QPDs (using only the steering mirrors) and wanted to see the drift over the weekend.
1. IPANG has drifted (QPD sum changed from -6 to -2.5); but it is still on the QPD.
2. IPPOS does not show any drift.
3. In the plot: The jump in IPANG on the left occured when I centered the beam to the QPD and that on the right is from the 4.7 earthquake and its aftershocks this morning.
1. Do we need to worry about this drift?
2. Which of the two TTs is resposible for the drift?
3. Do the TTs tend to drift in the same direction everytime?
P.S. The TTs were not touched to center on IPANG and IPPOS. The last time they were touched was nearly 6 hours before the centering. So the question of any immediate hysteresis is ruled out.
Spot centering on Y arm - DONE!
1. I went back to the IFO alignment slider positions from Friday. The Y arm was flashing in HOM because the earthquake this morning tripped all suspensions and the slider values were not real. X arm did not have any flashes.
2. Y arm aligned using TT1 and TT2. Spot centering measured using Jenne's A2L_Yarm script.
Pitch 6.48 4.39
Yaw -7.42 -3.135
3. I started centering in pitch. I used the same in-vac alignment method (down on TT1 and up on TT2 in pitch) and measured spot positions.
4. When the spot positions were centered in pitch, I started with yaw alignment.
5. I had to use TT1 to center on ITMY and move TT2 and ITMY to center on ETMY.
6. Spot positions after centering:
Pitch -1.22 -1.277
Yaw 0.42 -0.731
7. I wanted to go back and tweak the pitch cenetering; but framebuilder failed and dataviewer kept loosing connection to fb
AS seems clipped. Although it could be because of the misaligned BS.
IPANG was centered on the QPD, but it is so clipped, that I'm not sure we can trust it. Max sum right now is -4, rather than the usual -8 or -9.
Once fb is fixed, we should align the X-arm which will be followed by green alignment.
Over the last few weeks, it has been observed that there is some strong seismic activity that starts at around 9PM everyday and goes on for a couple of hours. It seems unlikely that it is our geologist neighbour (Jenne met with the grad student who works on the noisy experiment).
Steve just told those of us in the control room that the custodian who goes into the IFO room regularly steps on the blue support beams to reach the top of the chambers to clean them. Since we have seen in the past that stepping on the blue tubes can give the tables a bit of a kick, this could help explain some of the drift, particularly if it was mostly coming from TT2. The custodian has promised Steve that he won't step on the blue beams anymore.
This doesn't explain any of the ~1 hour timescale drift that we see in the afternoons/evenings, so that's still mysterious.
Tega and I went in to adjust the POP being in the ITMX Table. The beam entered the table high, so we adjusted the this by adding mirrors (The highlighted in Turqoise are mirrors which adjust the pitch of the beam). All the mirrors are set and we are now in the process of adjusting the PD.
Got POP beam centered on camera and nominally on the two PDs. Attachment #1 shows "carrier" camera.
Yehonathan and I attempted to align the LO2 beam today through the BS chamber and ITMX Chamber. We found the LO2 beam was blocked by the POKM1 Mirror. During this attempt, I tapped TT2 with the Laser Card. This caused the mirror to shake and dampen into a new postion. Afterwards, when putting the door back on ITMX, one of the older cables were pulled and the insulation was torn. This caused some major issues and we have been able to regain either of the arms to their original standings.
[Yuta, Anchal, Paco]
As described briefly by JC, there were multiple failure modes going during this work segment.
Indeed, the 64 pin crimp cable from the gold sat amp box broke when work around ITMX chamber was ongoing. We found the right 64 pin head replacement around and moved on to fix the connector in-situ. After a first attempt, we suddenly lost all damping on vertex SUS (driven by these old sat amp electronics) because our c1susaux acromag chassis stopped working. After looking around the 1x5 rack electronics we noted that one of the +- 20 VDC Sorensens were at 11.6 VDC, drawing 6.7 A of current (nominally this supply draws over 5 Amps!) so we realized we had not connected the ITMX sat amp correctly, and the DC rail voltage drop busted the acromag power as well, tripping all the other watchdogs ...
We fixed this by first, unplugging the shorted cable from the rack (at which point the supply went back to 20 VDC, 4.7 A) and then carefully redoing the crimp connector. The second attempt was successful and we restored the c1susaux modbusIOC service (i.e. slow controls).
As we restored the slow controls, and damped most vertex suspensions, we noticed ITMY UL and SD osems were reading 0 counts both on the slow and fast ADCs. We suspected we had pulled some wires around when busy with the ITMX sat amp saga. We found that Side OSEM cLEMO cable was very loose on the whitening board. In fact, we have had no side osem signal on ITMY for some time. We fixed this. Nevertheless the UL channel remained silent... We then did the following tests:
DO NOT TRUST THE SATELLITE BOX TESTER 2.
It takes 18 months to double the computational power of microprocessors but it took man thousands of years to invent the zipper. I never really understood that till these days.
Here is a sample of my latest results from Optickle simulations of the locking signal for the Power Recycling Cavity.
Thanks also to Rob's revolutionary bidimensional rotating matrix idea (I can see entire books of linear algebra going to be rewritten now because of that) I could find the way to determine the optimal demodulation phases for the demod signals.
There were also an other couple of missing details. But that came easily along.
The parfor function for the parallel computation in Matlab sped up some loops by a factor of 100.
In these particular plots there's still no CARM offset scan. That's what I'm going to post next on the elog, together with the signals for the other degrees of freedom.
Just to show that I'm confident I'm getting reasonable results, I'll post two PRC scans for different CARM. One set of plots is for the current 40m with -19.78 deg of SRM detuning phase, the other is for the Old Upgrade (9 Mhz vs the 11 currently planned) with no detuning phase.
I'm going to put together the results and get some conclusion about the 3f locking scheme for the current 40m and the upgrade.
Today we found the green beam from the end was totally missing at the vertex.
- What we found was very weak green beam at the end. Unhappy.
- We removed the PBS. We should obtain the beam for the fiber from the rejection of the (sort of) dichroic separator although the given space is not large.
- The temperature controller was off. We turned it on again.
- We found everything was still misaligned. Aligned the crystal, aligned the Faraday for the green.
- Aligned the last two steering mirrors such that we hit the approximate center of the ETMX and the center of the ITMX.
- Made the fine alignment to have the green beam at the PSL table.
The green beam emerged from the chamber looks not so round as there is a clipping at an in-vac steering.
We will make the thorough realignment before closing the tank.
We extracted the fiber that Suresh and Sonali laid over the summer, for the IR beat for the Ygreen laser, and Frank took it back to Bridge to be used in the new fiber distributed reference laser setup.
In light of the Yend auxiliary laser's ill health, I think we should reconsider the possibility of changing out the Yend laser table next week.
My thinking here is that if whatever the new mode matching solution is for a replacement laser (Tara has borrowed our spare NPRO that used to sit on top of the fridge, or we could take Annalisa's) requires a rework of the table layout, we might as well put the new layout onto the new table. So, we need to figure out what laser we will put in as the new Ygreen, and what it's waist looks like. If it just requires a small movement of existing lenses or new lenses in similar positions to the current ones, we can keep living with our current table. But, if the mode matching solution requires enough changes to distances / lens placement / whatever, we should think seriously about putting in the new table next week.
Here's what I would like to see happen on / before Monday:
Annalisa - Mode matching solution for new laser. If we get the laser back from Tara, this will involve first measuring the waist, otherwise we already know the waist of the ABSL laser that Annalisa is currently using.
Annalisa and Steve - Find optics for new mode matching in the lab, or order them by Monday afternoon.
Manasa - List of every screw, washer, optic, mount, etc. that will go on the new Y end table, with a notation as to whether or not we have it in-hand, and if not, what needs to happen before we do. Also, for things that we don't have, I'd like to see a summary of temporary solutions (e.g. keep using current mount for doubling crystal while new one is being machined).
Manasa / Annalisa / Koji - will the new mode matching solution fit within the existing layout, or do we need to redo the table layout?
Zach has just replied, and said that we should feel free to take the laser from his iodine setup in the West Bridge subbasement, in the ATF lab.
Annalisa, please ask Koji or Tara to show you where it is, and help you bring it to the 40m. You should install it (temporarily) on the PSL table, measure the waist, and find the beat in IR. Elog 3755 and elog 3759 have some of the details on how it has been done in the past.
Ok, I'm going to contact Koji.
1) Annalisa is going to start working on mode profiling and beat note search for the old MOPA NPRO.
2) In the meantime, Manasa is working on the end table items. This will be reviewed by KA in the afternoon.
The laser at ATF is moved to the 40m when the status of 1) and 2) is determined by KA to be reasonable.
We also make the beat note measurement for the ATF laser too.
We also make the beat note measurement for the ATF laser too.
Today I installed mirrors to steer the pick-off from the main laser beam in a more free part of the PSL table and make the beat note measurement between it and the NPRO.
At the beginning I took the beam from the harmonic separator after the doubling crystal, and I was going to bring it in a less full part of the table . At the end I realized that there was already a beam steered up to a more free part of the table, and the beam is taken from the transmission of the PMC.
Tomorrow I'm going to use that beam to find the beat note with the NPRO.
I also removed almost all the steering optics that I used on the ITMY table to send the auxiliary beam for ABSL through the window parallel to the POY beam. The most important thing is that I removed the BS, which was on the same path of the POY beam (see elog 8257).
I moved the auxiliary laser from the ITMY table to the PSL table and installed all the optics (mirrors and lenses) to steer the beam up to a PDA55 photodiode, where also the pick-off of the PSL is sent.
Tomorrow I'm going to measure the beat note between the two.
[Koji, Annalisa, Manasa]
NPRO with controller from ATF joins the 40m. We have put it on the POY table where we plan to use it for ABSL.
The beat note between the main PSL and the auxiliarly NPRO has been found!
The setup didn't change with respect to the one described on the previous note on the elog. A multimeter has been connected to the laser controller diagnostic pin to read out the voltage that indicated the laser crystal temperature.
The connector has been taken from the Yend table laser controller.
The voltage on the multimeter gave the same temperature shown by "Laser temperature" on the display of the controller, while "set temperature" was wrong.
The temperature has been varied using the laser controller with reference to the voltage read on the multimeter display.
Starting from 35.2 °C, the temperature has been first lowered until 20 °C and no beat note has been found, then temperature has been increased up to 35.2 °C and the first beat note has been found at 38.0 °C.
It has been detected at a frequency of about 80 MHz with an RF power of -27 dBm and a frequency fluctuation of about +/- 4 MHz.
I made more measurements slowly varying the laser temperature, to see how the beat note frequency changes with it. I'll make the plot and post it as soon.