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10kHz EM noise

  1. Dec 10, 2006 #1
    Hi all,
    I have a high gain current to voltage amp connected to 2-3 meters of coax which is picking up noise in the 7-10.5 kHz range. Does anyone have any expereince in waht could be the source of this noise? Right now I'm using a couple op-amps and a low pass filter to get the noise to a acceptable level but I would really like to get that bandwidth back. Thanks
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  3. Dec 10, 2006 #2


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    Is the amplifier specifically designed to drive the large capacitance of 2-3 meters of coax? It's entirely possible the amplifier is unstable and oscillating in that region of the spectrum.

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  4. Dec 10, 2006 #3


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    As long as he has his impedances matched the coax should not appear as capacitive. Tell us more please nbo10.
  5. Dec 10, 2006 #4
    It's a two stage amp.
    The first stage has a 100mV/nA gain.
    I can't say much about the first stage beacuse they sanded the part number off the opamp and the circuit is kinda small. But I think it is a AD549(inverting) and 100Mohm feedback resistor. I measured the capactance of the coax I'm using and it's around 500pF. The literature from the Amp manufacturer says that in the worst case I would have 100pF at the input.

    The second stage is pretty basic. There is a Instrumentation Ampilfer that provides a gain of, 1, 10, or 100. Followed by a OP27 with adjustable gain 0.75-1.25. Followed by a simple RC lowpass filter. Then another OP27.

    I put a 10nF cap across the feedback resistor of the first OP27 to help filter the noise. It does an alright job, but I'm worried that I need the bandwidth.

    THe current I'm measuring is about 1nA.

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