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Message ID: 1530     Entry time: Fri Oct 3 12:32:00 2014
Author: Evan 
Type: DailyProgress 
Category: FSS 
Subject: South TTFSS input-referred noise 

Yesterday I took some TFs and noise spectra on the south TTFSS with the loop open and the beam blocked. Relevant information:

  • Gains were 800 common, 800 fast
  • Excitations were injected into COM EXC
  • The relevant test points I monitored were COM TP 4 (henceforth "com"), FAST OUT 2 (henceforth "fast"), and HV TP 4 (henceforth "HV").
  • At each test point I took a TF with the excitation on, and a noise spectrum with the excitation off.
  • I also took a TF from COM EXC to COM OUT 2, so that I can use the known gain of the first amplifier (−4 V/V) to refer everything to COM OUT 1.

Then using the noise spectra, I divided by the relevant TF to arrive at an input noise referred to COM OUT 1.

The results are attached. The low/high frequency upswings on the HV trace are due to the input noise of the SR785.

Since the common, fast, and HV traces all lie on top of each other, I interpret this to mean that the noise of all of them is dominated by sources occurring upstream of COM TP 4. So the TTFSS is limited by the noise of its input stages, with a spectrum (at COM OUT 1) of 25(5) nV/rtHz.

I also measured the slope of the south PDH error signal (with 3 mW incident, and with fresh mode-matching), and found a slope of 8.4 V/MHz, as measured at COM OUT 1. This gives a frequency noise of 3.0(6) mHz/rtHz, which is well below the current beat level.

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