Note that in the 3/4 cases I have looke at the fast unlocks are precedeed by precursors glitches on the error signal in the preceding seconds.
Figure 1 shows an example, the glitches seem to be always in the same sign on the error signal.
Figure 2 zooms into one of them, the duration is around 20us, so ~50kHz, so above the loop UGF which seems to be ~20kHz with EOM unplugged.
Figure 3 shows another case where the IMC actually stay locked (and unlocked 30s later). What is interesting is that in that case the glitches look like a very noisy PDH signal. First all of the excursions are positive, then both signs, and then all of them are negative. As if there was some resonance passing through.
Figure 4 is the unlock 30s later, first excursion are negative, then both signs and the system unlocks. As if the glitchy mode was passing back through resonance.
Figure 5 is another example, only a few glitches in that case, all positive in the other signal.
Figure 6 shows a zoom during the time when the glitches have both signs. Not sure what can be learned from it as it saturates in both signs all the time.
It would be interesting to understand the origin of these precursors glitches. Do they happen in normal times (EOM plugged in) as a precursor to fast unlocks? It may well not be the case as the first occurence may unlock the system straight away, as in that case the glitch is in loop. Could be a parasite mode in the IMC? A start of a mode hop in the laser? Something else...
Figure 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. These glitches are also visible in the PMC error signal and the PMC transmission. For positive IMC glitches, the PMC error signal first goes down and then up, for negative IMC glitches it first goes up and then down. Strangely for the PMC transmission AC signal, there is always a drop, and it is much longer than the glitch in the RF error signal. Could this longer time scale be due to an analog saturation or is it real?