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Entry  Wed Dec 17 13:54:19 2014, Zach, Laser, SiFi, Lasers mounted, energized, beat set up diagram.jpgsetup_with_beat.jpg
    Reply  Wed Dec 17 14:40:15 2014, Dmass, Laser, SiFi, Lasers mounted, energized, beat set up 
       Reply  Wed Dec 17 18:11:38 2014, Zach, Laser, SiFi, Lasers mounted, energized, beat set up 
Message ID: 1184     Entry time: Wed Dec 17 18:11:38 2014     In reply to: 1183
Author: Zach 
Type: Laser 
Category: SiFi 
Subject: Lasers mounted, energized, beat set up 



If the "locked indicator" light is not green on the Zurich (first tab, under "Reference", then what you get out is junk (e.g. you have unlocked the lock in, and i hasn't re-acquired yet) - you can do this by kicking it too hard with a frequency shift, which would be easy to do if you were slewing laser frequency, as the coefficients of the laser [Hz/mA] is so big. When the lock in loses the signal, you have to manually re-lock it (toggle off and on the button which has the mouseover text: "enable the fixed center frequency mode of the PLL"). You can get  something which sort of looks like a PLL signal which has terrible noise and weird glitchy response when the lock in isn't locked in.

Your instinct to look for slewing at the PLL control point is correct, and a sign that the state of the PLL is healthy/unhealthy


 Yes, I noticed this effect. I'm talking about immediately after acquiring---or re-aquiring---PLL lock. I did this several times at different beat frequencies to see what effect it had on the noise (the spectrum changed considerably, which is another bad sign).

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