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.