Accession Number : AD0714561

Title :   A Digitizing Electrometer System Using an Integrating-Circuit Preamplifier,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Chater,William T.

Report Date : 01 OCT 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : An electrometer system is described that makes use of a conversion from input current to frequency. The data-handling section employs digital circuit techniques that allow the dynamic range of the system to be adjusted to the requirements of the experiment and that present the output in pulse form compatible with contemporary logic systems. The conversion of the input current variable to frequency is achieved by use of an integrating preamplifier circuit having a capacitive feedback element consisting in part of a reed relay that resets the integrator voltage. Since leakage currents can be controlled in all components of the input circuit, the calibrated current range of the system can be extended down to the order of 10 to the minus 14th power A. Resolution of the system as defined by the inherent noise in the integrator circuit is discussed in an appendix note. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ELECTROMETERS, INTEGRATORS), FREQUENCY CONVERTERS, PREAMPLIFIERS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, RELIABILITY(ELECTRONICS)

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE