Notice of lab entry: I will be at the cryo this (03 Aug 20) afternoon
- On entering the lab I noticed that the work with the light fixtures was completed. Unfortunately I could not avert it or get it all covered in time; I had assumed that I would be contacted beforehand but was not. But, by inspecting the table I do not think it looked any dustier than before. For any such activity in the future after we’ve cleaned the optics, I will remember to get it covered beforehand.
- The particle counter did not seem to be saving any data so I’m unsure what the effect of this activity was. The 1 micron particle count:
When I entered (1 pm): 80
(6 pm) : 70
This change might probably be entirely attributed to the air scrubber.
- When Aaron and I chatted with Calum today about COVID safety, Calum pointed out that turning on any HEPA filters in the lab would reduce the time between single-person occupancy to almost 0 for our room, as it would serve as an additional air scrubber. I tried locating a switch on the cryo cavity table for the HEPA fans but could not locate it today.
- After reading through bits of the laser operating manual and turning on the east cavity laser, I turned on the TEC (thermo-electric cooler) box [TED 200 C] with neither the TEC nor the servo on. I used this just to read off the resistance values of the sensor. With the current drive off it was 11.2 k-ohms [22 C].
- I waited until the sensor readings stabilized to changing at the level of a few ohms around 8.5 k-ohms [28 C] in a minute and began measuring the beam profile. (See Attachment 1 for setup)
I could not mount properly the only translation stage I found since the holes on it were smaller than 8-32, and moreover, I could not locate anything suitable that fits into the 1/4" holes on the table with this.
- Nonetheless, when I took some data and plotted it, it looked like an error function so I took more data. Will post plots later after fitting and analyzing. I may have to repeat this again.
- The sensor for the power measurement was S122C (Germanium) with a range of 700-1800 nm and 40 mW. After setting the power meter to 1550 nm, the measured power of the entire cross-section was ~2.3 mW.
- Also in the image in Attachment 1, the two optics (HWP and mirror) near the fiber-free space coupler, were previously in the path of the laser and now moved to either side of the beam. No other optics were moved from the previous set-up.