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Entry  Tue Oct 26 16:20:03 2010, tarac, Notes, Laser, the laser is broken 
    Reply  Tue Nov 2 17:51:31 2010, tarac, Notes, Laser, the laser is broken 
Message ID: 373     Entry time: Tue Oct 26 16:20:03 2010     Reply to this: 378
Author: tarac 
Type: Notes 
Category: Laser 
Subject: the laser is broken 

The current 1064nm, 100 mW laser in our setup, NPRO lightwave 126 is broken. We are looking for a new one to replace it.

 

The laser stopped working when I tried to lock the cavity and saw that RCTRANSPD fluctuated a bit even after I adjust the gain setup.

So I turned the HEPA filter above the table off to see if the signal would be more stable, it was not. When I turned it back on

the laser was off. I don't think the laser and the HEPA filter are associated, but that's what happened.

 

The power output, as indicated on the laser driver is 8 mW. When I turned the laser off for 5 mins and turned it on.

The temperature of  the crystal started from ~40 C and there was power out, then, in ~10 seconds, the temperature went up to  94 C, and the power dropped to 8 mW again.

The voltage supply for TEC went up to 4V which is the maximum V for cooling.

 

I switched to the 10W laser driver, the same symptom happened again, so the problem might be the head, not the driver.

 


 

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