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Message ID: 11684     Entry time: Mon Oct 12 17:04:02 2015     In reply to: 11683     Reply to this: 11690
Author: gautam 
Type: Update 
Category: CDS 
Subject: Frequency divider box - further tests 

I carried out some more tests on the digital frequency counting system today, mainly to see if the actual performance mirrors the expected systematic errors I had calculated here

Setup and measurement details:

I used the Fluke 6061A RF signal generator to output an RF signal at various frequencies, one at a time, between 10 and 70 MHz. I split the signal (at -15 dBm) into two parts, one for the X-channel and one for the Y-channel using a mini-circuits splitter. I then looked at the input signal using testpoints I had set up within the model, to decide what thresholds to set for the Scmitt trigger. Finally, I averaged the outputs of the X and Y channels using z avg -s 10 C1:ALS-FC_X_FREQUENCY_OUT and also looked at the standard deviation as a measure of the fluctuations in the output (these averages were taken after a low-pass filter stage with two poles at 20Hz, chosen arbitrarily).

Results:

  • Attachment #1 shows a plot of the measured RF frequency as a function of the frequency set on the Fluke 6061A. The errorbars on this plot are the standard deviations mentioned above. 
  • Attachment #2 shows a plot of the systematic error (mean measured value - expected value) for the two channels. It is consistent with the predictions of Attachments #3 and #4 in elog 11628 (although I need to change the plots there to a frequency-frequency comparison). This error is due to the inherent limitations of frequency counting using zero crossings, I can't think of a way to get around this).
  • I found that a lower threshold of 1800 and an upper threshold of 2200 worked well over this range of frequencies (the output of the Wenzel dividers goes between 0V and 2.5V, and the "zero" level for the digitized signal corresponds to ~2000, as determined by looking at a dataviewer plot of a tetspoint I had set up in my model). Koji suggested taking a look at the raw ADC input signal sampled at 64 kHz but this is not available for c1x03, the machine that c1als runs on. 

 

 

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