LIGO Document G1400923-v1

SURF2014 Modeling of Optical Scattering in Advanced LIGO

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In a quantum limited sensitivity interferometer such as LIGO, light which scatters from an optic can
introduce noise in the phase measurement at the antisymmetric port, as well as become a significant source
of power loss. By measuring power seen by a camera or photodiode in a well defined position, outside of the
beam path, one can use the incident light in order to model the total amount of light scattered from the
optic. We have used the bidirectional reflectance distribution function on data obtained from photodiodes
along the beam tubes baffles to model scattering from LIGOs test masses during each alignment since the
first transmission of Advanced LIGO. This data acquisition and analysis has been automated for ease of
future analysis. We have also experimentally determined 8 and 12 bit monochromatic count to Watt
conversion factors for the Basler Ace 100gm cameras, currently used to monitor light within the
interferometer, so that archived images may be used as a data source for the model.
Files in Document:
  • Abstract (SURF2014_Abstract.pdf, 70.2 kB)
  • Poster (Poster_Modeling_of_Optical_Scattering_in_Advanced_LIGO.pdf, 18.3 MB)
  • Presentation (SURF2014_Presentation_Modeling of Optical Scattering i...pdf, 3.8 MB)
  • Progress report 1 (Progress_report_1-CCD_calibration.pdf, 1.5 MB)
  • Progress report 2 (Progress_report_2-Optical_scatter_measurements.pdf, 209.4 kB)
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