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yungman is offline
Feb25-12, 01:10 PM
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Quote Quote by Artlav View Post
Noise is a problem.
On a breadboard with 50 MΩ (5x10M) and 10pF there is no detectable noise.

But for real, with almost a meter long leads there is noise.
Adding 100Ω in series near the amp didn't help.

In the dark the noise looks like this (FFT at the output, 0-100Hz):

Does this look familiar?
Any ideas how to fix it?

Also, i've never worked with resistance this high before - anything to be aware of? Like leakage across a moisture film along the board or something?
You are picking up noise on the long input wires. Look into what Skeptic2 suggested.

As for resistance, don't be afraid, it's just a resistor. I gave you the hint that you need long body resistor. When I did the transimpedance amp with high value resistor, I used DIP package and I bent the -ve input up and solder the resistor on the pin up in the air. You need very good cleaning spray, compressed air to blow away the solvent right after cleaning. 1G is not that high, you do this, you'll likely be fine.

If you measure down to pA, watch out for vibration. I worked on Mass Spectrometers and the vibration from the turbo pumps introduce vibration noise. We end up using rigid coax for input and mount the amp on the frame to lower the vibration to the amp.