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Message ID: 1176     Entry time: Thu Dec 4 19:52:11 2014
Author: nicolas 
Type: Electronics 
Category: General 
Subject: Using the Zurich HF2 built in PLL 

The Zurich Instruments HF2 has a very nice built in PLL feature. You give it a sine wave up to 50MHz and it will lock a PLL on it, and it will give the control signal at one of the outputs.

It has a nice PLL design interface (first attachment) (the design can be compared to the measured closed loop gain in the second attachment, this doesn’t include the marconi frequency modulation calibration). You tell it the bandwidth you want and it can internally set it’s PID to achieve that, and it will complain if you are asking it for too much. It claims to be able to get a 50kHz UGF, but I was only reliably able to get like 20kHz.

So right off the bat, this won’t be what we want if our goal is a very high BW PLL to suppress whatever nonlinear noise mechanism Rana and Dmass are worried about.

However, if 20kHz BW is enough, then this might be a pretty nice PLL to use. With a 1MHz modulation range, 20kHz PLL BW, and a 20MHz carrier, the noise is given in the last attachment. (below 1mHz/rtHz up to 1kHz, then starts to rise like f until it hits the PLL bandwidth, and it rolls off again.) The red trace is the spectrum analyzer noise.

data and scripts are all here.

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