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Message ID: 39     Entry time: Thu Jun 27 17:12:33 2013
Author: Arnaldo Rodriguez 
Type: Optics 
Category: General 
Subject: Defocusing in P-Controlled Manual Simulation 

 To test the effectiveness of the PID loop, I've only given a nonzero value to the K_p constant and varied it over a series of runs to verify the response by the controller.

The following is a plot of the baseline compared to the P-active simulations for different proportionality gain constants. I've yet to determine whether all the trends in behavior are physical.

Each different case has an evident droop (steady-state error), and seem to be destabilizing as K_p increases. However, most cases reach steady-state quicker than the baseline.

Defocus_(P_Active).png

 It should be noted that the ring heater is not correcting any effects from the beam, as it is turned off. The ring heater is correcting itself; or rather, its own initial heat pulse of 5 W * delta_t (600s) = 3000 J before the controller becomes active.

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