Fast Single-Supply Peak Detector

Notes:

1. Frequency compensation is determined by C1, C2, R2, and the sum of R1 and the forward resistance of D1. Since the dynamic resistance of D1 varies with current the peak detector must be analyzed for stability over its full output amplitude range.

2. The droop rate of the peak detector is determined by the input bias current of U1 plus the input bias current of the output buffer amplifier (not shown).

3. The input voltage range of 0 to +3.5V is limited by the CMV range of U1. R3 protects the op amp input from damage when the input voltage swings negative. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh  TI – Tucson)

Fast Single-Supply Peak Detector circuit:

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Single-Supply Bipolar-Input Differential Output Amplifier

The rail- to- rail input and output characteristics of these CMOS op amps allow them to swing very close to their supply rails– +5V and ground.
By using both an inverting and noninverting amplifier output to swing only positive due to their not being capable of swinging below ground (0V), the op amps each act like a perfect rectifier. Due to its unique R-R input topology, the OPA364 exhibits very high linearity over its entire common- mode input voltage range. This absolute- value amplifier has a gain of 1V/V and has an input range of within a few mV of -5V to +5V. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh,  TI- Tucson)

Single-Supply Bipolar-Input Differential Output Amplifier circuit:

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Voltage-Controlled Electronic Load

This circuit is a voltage- controlled current sink. It is scaled to provide a 500mA output current with a +1V input voltage. This type of current sink can be very useful in power supply testing applications. A R-R output op amp with an input common-mode range that includes its negative supply rail, such as an OPA251, is required for single- supply operation. Re- scaling this circuit with other Darlington transistors or low- threshold N-channel MOSFETs can result in an output current sink capability of many amps. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh,  TI – Tucson)

Voltage-Controlled Electronic Load circuit:

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Differential Amplifier Resistor Tolerance Analysis

Make all resistors “Control Objects” and use “Parameter Stepping” to step each resistor value from 9.9k (1% low) to 10.1k (1% high) in 3 linear steps. Run DC Analysis, “DC Transfer Characteristic” and sweep “Vcmv” from -1V to +1V. The resulting family of curves shows the differential amplifier output error due to the various resistor tolerance combinations. The OPA277 error contribution is nil. Note that using 1% resistors in a differential amplifier design can result in a worst- case CMRR error of 20mV per volt of common-mode voltage. This is only 36dB! (Circuit is created Neil P. Albaugh  TI-Tucson)

Differential Amplifier Resistor Tolerance Analysis Circuit:

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Positive Output Precision Voltage Limiter

This circuit limits its output to a positive- going output only; negative output is clamped to ground. For negative inputs, D1 conducts and R2 provides negative feedback into U1’s summing junction. For positive inputs, D2 conducts and holds the summing junction to 0V. Thus the output across RL can only be positive. This characteristic is handy when driving single-supply amplifiers or unipolar A/D converters. For a negative output simply reverse D1 & D2. As shown, this circuit is a unity- gain inverter but it is also capable of providing voltage gain. Av = – 2 / R1. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh,  TI – Tucson)

Positive Output Precision Voltage Limiter circuit:

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Online Simulation a Transimpedance Amplifier Circuit

This fast photodiode transimpedance amplifier is based on a high- speed JFET- input op amp OPA657. This op amp is compensated for a minimum closed- loop gain of 7V/V but the capacitance of the photodiode plus the op amp input capacitance together with the feedback resistor R1 provides a noise gain at high frequency that allows stable operation. Compensation capacitor C1 optimizes the amplifier bandwidth / gain peaking tradeoff. Achieving this level of performance requires very careful layout and the circuit must be shielded to prevent noise pickup. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh,  TI- Tucson)

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Comparator Window Settings

Conventional window comparators suffer interaction between the width and the center of the window; this makes adjusting these parameters time consuming. By using a precision dual 100uA current reference (REF200), this interaction is eliminated. The width of the comparator window is determined by the reference current and the value of P1: V = 100uA * 20k. The DC voltage of the window center is set by the % rotation of the potentiometer P1. With the pot at its center (50%), the center of the comparator window is at zero volts– thus the window is +/-1V. The window center adjustment is illustrated below. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh  TI- Tucson)

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Laser Energy Meter

 

An IVC102 switched integrator is also capable of integrating the output of a very fast detector. By storing the energy of a fast detector current pulse on its own capacitance (or on additional capacitance), this energy can then be transfered to the integrator feedback capacitor where it is held until it is sampled and the integrator can then be reset, awaiting the next pulse. Thus laser energy can be measured on a pulse- by- pulse basis. Needless to say, It is necessary to sync the integrator timing with the laser Q- switch. The simulated detector output pulse was 10mA peak with a 10ns width. Charge is stored on Cs until it is transfered when S1 closes. To prevent droop error due to shunt resistance Rs and the input bias current of U1, S1 should be closed a few microseconds after the laser pulse. The IVC102 can integrate a positive- output or negative- output detector. Lower sensitivity can be achieved by paralleling C2, C3, or an external capacitance. Bypass capacitors are not shown.  (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh  TI- Tucson)

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DAC Interface Circuit

This “DAC Interface”  circuit is a precision buffer amplifier for a DAC output. It is scaled to provide a 10V output @ 10mA with a +1V input voltage. This type of current source can be very useful in industrial interface applications.  A R-R output op amp with an input common-mode
range that includes its negative supply rail, such as an OPA251, is required for single- supply operation.  An external NPN transistor  is used to off- load the circuit power dissipation from the precision op amp U1. Re- scaling this circuit with other transistors can result in output current capability of a many amps. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh  TI – Tucson)

DAC Interface Circuit:

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Comparator With AC Hysteresis

Using AC hysteresis solves the threshold offset problem caused by conventional DC hysteresis. Place a small capacitor to feed back the output edge transition into the comparator non- inverting input to provide momentary positive feedback. This sharpens the comparator response as well as reducing the tendency to “chatter” at the switching point. If the RC time constant of R1C1 is << the waveform period, the comparator trip point hysteresis will have settled back to 0V by the time the next threshold- crossing takes place. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh  TI- Tucson)

Comparator With AC Hysteresis circuit:

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