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Entry  Mon Nov 22 20:31:58 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, searching for unknown loss in green PD path RFPDresponse.png
    Reply  Tue Nov 23 01:45:47 2010, kiwamu, Update, Green Locking, noise curve of wideband RFPD noise_RFPD.png
Message ID: 3972     Entry time: Tue Nov 23 01:45:47 2010     In reply to: 3970
Author: kiwamu 
Type: Update 
Category: Green Locking 
Subject: noise curve of wideband RFPD 

Quote: #3970

So I started fully characterizing the beat detection path. 

As a part of the characterization works, I measured the spectra of the RFPD noise as well. 

The noise is totally dominated by that of the RFPD (i.e. not by an RF amplifier).

I am going to check the noise curve by comparing with a LISO model (or a simple analytical model) in order to make sure the noise is reasonable.


 (results) 

 noise_RFPD.png

The red curve represents the dark noise of the RFPD, which is amplified by a low noise amp, ZFL-1000LN.

The blue curve is a noise of only ZFL-1000LN with a 50 Ohm terminator at its input.

The last curve is noise of the network analyzer AG4395A itself.

It is clear that the noise is dominated by that of RFPD. It has a broad hill around 100MHz and a spike at 16MHz.

 

(notes)

Gain of ZFL-1000LN   = 25.5 dB (measured)

Applied voltage to ZFL-1000LN = +15.0 V

Bias voltage on PD = -150 V

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