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Entry  Thu Oct 28 03:07:53 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, 80MHz VCO for green PLL : a health check VCO_LPF_fit.png
    Reply  Fri Oct 29 06:20:20 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, 80MHz VCO for green PLL : VCO calibration calibration.png
       Reply  Fri Oct 29 14:06:12 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, Re: 80MHz VCO for green PLL : VCO calibration 
       Reply  Mon Nov 8 10:48:58 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, 80MHz VCO : PLL open loop looks good vco_pll.pngVCO_PLL.png
          Reply  Mon Nov 8 16:03:46 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, 80MHz VCO : PLL open loop looks good 
          Reply  Thu Nov 11 13:54:05 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, 80MHz VCO : about PLL hold-in range range_green.pngPLL.png
             Reply  Thu Nov 11 17:47:36 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, 80MHz VCO : improve PLL hold-in range and put a boost vco_pll.pngVCO_lfb.png
Message ID: 3803     Entry time: Thu Oct 28 03:07:53 2010     Reply to this: 3820
Author: kiwamu 
Type: Update 
Category: Green Locking 
Subject: 80MHz VCO for green PLL : a health check 

 I did a health check for a 80MHz VCO box. 

I started taking care with the black VCO box, which has been sitting on the SP table and will be used for converting the green beat signal from frequency to voltage.

The circuit in the box basically consists of three parts: low pass filters (LPFs), a VCO and RF amplifiers.

Today I checked the LPF stage. It looks pretty healthy.

Tomorrow I will check the VCO part, especially I am curious about the VCO range.

 


 (soldering)

 Since somebody ( surf students ?) removed some resistors, the VCO was just freely running without being applied any voltage.

I put some resistors back on the circuit board by soldering them.

Now the resistors are placed in the same configuration as the original schematic (link to LIGO DCC) except for the wideband signal path, which has a differential input.

I left the wideband path disconnected from the VCO.

 

(transfer function measurement)

The LPF part in 'external mod' path contains two stages in series:

one is for cutting off demodulated signals above fc=80MHz and the other one is for PLL servo with pole=1Hz, zero=40Hz.

In order to activate this path I shorted 10th pin of the analog switch: MAX333A.

During the transfer function measurement I injected signals to 'external mod' input and took the output signal from a test point pin TP7.

The plot below shows a fitting result of the measured transfer function of the whole LPF stage. I used liso for the fitting.

The measured filter's shape agreed with the design. (though I haven't checked 80MHz cut off)

VCO_LPF_fit.png

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