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High Voltage Amplifier for EO Modulators and Shear Piezo Actuators
Thorlabs' HVA200 High Voltage Amplifier is ideal for driving our Electro-Optic (EO) Modulators and Shear Piezo Chips (see compatibility notes below). The amplifier provides a maximum output voltage of ±200 V, a continuous current output of up to 100 mA, and a 1 MHz bandwidth, with a low output noise of 1.5 mV (RMS). The voltage gain of -20 boosts the input signal up to the high voltages needed to drive our lithium niobate broadband modulators and shear piezo chips. An adjustable bias allows for precise DC offset control over the full -200 V to +200 V output range. A high-voltage, wideband, high-slew-rate output amplifier is used to achieve the desired output.
The input amplifier includes a summing junction that adds an adjustable DC bias to the input modulation. This composite signal is then boosted by a fixed voltage gain of -20 up to a maximum output of ±200 V. For example, if the HVA200 amplifier is sweeping from -200 V to +200 V and a 10 V DC bias is applied, the resulting output will range from -190 V to +200 V (i.e., the sweep is clipped because the maximum output voltage is reached). If, however, the unit is sweeping from -100 V to +100 V and the same 10 V DC bias is applied, the output will sweep from -90 V to +110 V. The DC bias control consists of a rotary encoder that provides for precise control of the DC level. A real-time monitor voltage output with a scaling of 20:1 (when used with high-impedance detectors), is provided, such that an output of +200 V results in a +10 V monitor voltage. Please see the Specs tab above for the complete specifications.
The HVA200 amplifier is CE compliant. For added safety, a front-panel High Voltage (HV) Enable button must be pressed to connect the HV output to the output BNC. It includes an SMA-to-BNC cable for connection to our free-space electro-optic modulators, a USB 2.0 Type A to B cable for remote operation, and a region-specific power cord.
EO Modulator and Shear Piezo Chip Compatibility
We can generally recommend this amplifier for our shear piezo chips and stacks. For the PN5FC3 multi-axis piezo positioner, note that while the HVA200 can drive the stack in the longitudinal direction, the relatively low current provided by the HVA200 combined with the high capacitance of the stack limits the maximum driving voltage frequency. In addition, care must be taken not to exceed the driving voltage limits of this stack. Drivers better compatible with the longitudinally-translating stack incorporated in the PN5FC3 include the MDT69xB or KPZ101 Open-Loop Controllers, and the BPC301 and BPC303 Closed-Loop Controllers are also options.
Modulation Input Signal
±10 V, 10 mA
HV Output Monitor
±10 V, 200 mA, Min Load 50 Ω
±200 V, 100 mA