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Entry  Wed Mar 23 23:22:28 2011, tara, DailyProgress, Electronics Equipment, sensing noise checking beat_10kHz.pngenoise.pngTFacav72.pngacav_noise.png
    Reply  Thu Mar 24 00:02:57 2011, Frank, DailyProgress, Electronics Equipment, sensing noise checking 
       Reply  Thu Mar 24 23:46:13 2011, tara, DailyProgress, Electronics Equipment, sensing noise checking acav_enoise.pngbeat_10kHz_sensing.pngRFPDcompare.pngmixernoise.png
Message ID: 554     Entry time: Thu Mar 24 23:46:13 2011     In reply to: 551
Author: tara 
Type: DailyProgress 
Category: Electronics Equipment 
Subject: sensing noise checking 

Here is the noise plot for ACAV electronic noise. It is basically the same as yesterday plot,

except new data from the sensing noise which is lower by a factor of 2 because of the terminated input.

This is the plot for no amplifier setup. It was removed during the whole measurement. Gain is 7.2, error signal is 18.9 mV pkpk. When I measure the sensing noise, and error signal

the mixer out was connected to the PDH box with a T for measurement, so it's 50ohms terminated.

This gives the slope to be 108 kHz/18.8 mV = 5.7 MHz/V. However the sensing noise projected on the noise budget is still

higher than the measurement result.   







note: I compare ACAV and RCAV's RFPD by measuring the sensing noise from the same setup (RCAV servo) and changing the RFPDs.

ACAV's RFPD noise is slightly higher.



Note2: I terminated the amplifier and measure the noise from the mixer ( LO --->(X)<----amp--terminated)

to see the amp noise. Much lower than the noise level with RFPD connected (~ 1uV)




Be very careful comparing the plain numbers! You have different error signal slopes so the corresponding frequency noise level for the sensing might be totally different !
Anyway it is good to compare individual parts which should be equal, e.g. the RFPDs at RF frequencies (or mixed down using the same(!) LO power (or better: mixing/conversion gain)

So what you say in the first sentence is right, but don't forget the gain of the amplifier! You can't compare those without taking that into account.

The increase from 30nV/rt Hz to 1uV/rt Hz is a bit higher as i would expect it but still makes sense. The minimum gain for the ZFL-500LN amplifier is 24dB, the difference between those numbers is ~30dB.
We should measure the mixer output with the amplifier but without the photodiode (input terminated) to see where the noise floor of the amplifier is. Then you know how far that is below the RFPD noise.(and can calculate the RFPD noise level from that i\f you want)

You say that the noise at the mixer output is the same for both loops, but the setup is completely different (different mixer, different LO power (23dBm and 7dBm or so). So be careful. It shouldn't make a big difference but you have to measure the RF noise around 35.5MHz or use the same mixer setup, e.g. plug in the ACAV RFPD in the RCAV mixer and compare then. Then you have real good numbers for comparison of the PDs.




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