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Message ID: 4964     Entry time: Wed Jul 13 12:24:46 2011
Author: Nicole 
Type: Update 
Category: SUS 
Subject: Weekly Update 
This week, I have been working on the photosensor circuit box.  This photosensor box will contain the current-stabilizing power supply and
voltage readout for the two photosensors I plan to build.
 
Suresh helped to walk me through the design of the photosensor circuit (image below) so I now understand how the circuit works.
PHOTOSENSORPLAN.JPG
 
 
Jaimie helped me to reorganize the original circuit layout I had to make it easier to follow. I have now redone half of the circuit (enough for one LED and photodiode pair). I still need to put in the voltage-regulators to provide the + and - 15 V neeCto power the op-amps but I will do that after testing the circuit.
prelimcircuit.JPG

In order to test this preliminary circuit, I need to build the photosensor heads.  Yesterday, Suresh helped me to open one of the professionally-build photosensors in the lab to understand how to arrange my photosensor heads. I now understand that I need to rigidly-mount the PCB to photosensor head box. I plan to use the PCB below. It will be sufficient for the lower-frequency range (below 10Hz) that I am interested in. 

PCBforphotosensor.JPG

 I would like to use a metal box like the one below to make each photosensor head. I looked in the lab last night for similar boxes but could not find one. Does anyone know where I can find a similar metal box?

lookingforbox.JPG

 

I am now working on accelerometer. I am working on attaching these metal wires to the pins of the accelerometer so that I can use clip leads to power and extract voltage measurements from my circuit.

 accelerometer.JPG

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