PDA8000 Photocurrent Measurement Modules
- Single or Dual Channel Modules
- High Precision Measurements
- Up to Seven Measurement Ranges
PRO800 with PDA8000-2
and ITC8022 Modules
|PRO8 Series Optionsa|
|Laser Diode Current Controllers (Up to 8 A)|
|TEC Temperature Controllers (Up to 64 W)|
|Combination Laser Diode Current (Up to 1 A) &
TEC Temperature Controllers (Up to 16 W)
|DWDM DFB Laser Modulesb|
|Photocurrent Measurement Modules|
- 7 Current Measurement Ranges from 10 nA to 10 mA DC, with 16-Bit Resolution
- Resolution: 0.1 pA on the 10 nA Scale
- Accuracy: ±0.025% of Full-Scale Reading (For Current Ranges > 1 µA)
- Single & Dual Channel Versions
The PDA8000 Photocurrent Measurement Module for the PRO8 Platform is an ideal companion for our other PRO8 Series plug-in modules. It uses a DC transimpedance amplifier to provide precise photocurrent measurements from a few pA to 10 mA with input frequencies up to 20 Hz at the lowest amplification setting. A 16-bit A/D converter is used to ensure a measurement resolution of ±0.025% of the full scale reading (ranges >1 µA). These features, combined with the built-in low noise photo diode bias, make this instrument an ideal photo diode current amplifier.
Optical Power Read-out
With calibrated photo diodes, the PDA8000 modules facilitate direct read-out of optical power. Through the input screen of the PRO8 Platform a “photodiode responsivity” value can be entered. This allows the direct entry of standard calibration data provided by photo diode manufacturers when a calibrated diode is purchased.
Computer Control IEEE-488.2
All of the PDA8000 module functions can be accessed via the IEEE-488 interface of the PRO8 chassis. This includes access to the calibration factor, the photodiode bias voltage, all of the measurement control parameters, and the measurement results.
Precision Optical Measurements
The variable photodiode bias allows operating in either a photovoltaic or photoconductive mode. The bias also reduces the junction capacitance of the diode thus improving the linearity of the detector when making measurements over many decades. Additionally there is a front panel trim-pot that is used to null out the photo diode dark current typical for semiconductor optical sensors.
The PRO8 display menu allows configuration of any module in the chassis. The operational parameters are easily accessed using mnemonic symbols and simple prompts provide user-friendly operation. All settings are retained in memory and automatically recalled upon powering on the mainframe, as long as modules are not being moved to a different slot.
|Photo Diode Current Measurement Range||10 nA - 10 mA (Others on Request)|
|Photo Diode Polarity||User Selectable|
|Bias Voltage Setting Range (can be switched off)||0.1 V to 10 V|
|Photo Diode Coefficient Setting Range||0.001 - 5.000 A/W|
|Input Resistance||Virtual Ground|
|Temperature Coefficient||≤50 ppm/°C|
|Bandwidth||DC to 20 Hz (Lowest Amplification)|
|Module Width||1 PRO8 Slot|
|Photo Diode Connectors||1xBNC||2xBNC|
|PDA8000 Measurement Range|
|10 mA||0.1 µA||±0.025% Full Scale|
|1 mA||10 nA||±0.025% Full Scale|
|100 µA||1 nA||±0.025% Full Scale|
|10 µA||0.1 nA||±0.025% Full Scale|
|1 µA||10 pA||±0.025% Full Scale|
|100 nA||1 pA||±0.25% Full Scale|
|10 nA||0.1 pA||±0.8% Full Scale|
Photodiodes can be connected to the BNC jacks of an input with both polarities.
The outer conductor of the BNC jack is always grounded.
Input Current Range: 10 nA - 10 mA