TA1800B - FAST ComTec
TA1800B
1.8GHz Fast Pulse / Timing Preamplifier
User Manual
 copyright FAST ComTec GmbH
Grünwalder Weg 28a, D-82041 Oberhaching
Germany
Version 1.1, Dezember 11, 2009
Warranty
Warranty
Equipment manufactured by FAST ComTec GmbH is warranteed against defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of twelve months from date of shipment, provided that the equipment
has been used in a proper manner as detailed in the instructions manuals. During the warranty
period, repairs or replacement will be made to FAST ComTec's discretion on a return to factory
basis. The transportation costs, including insurance to FAST ComTec is the responsibility of the
customer except for defects discovered within 30 days after receipt of the equipment, where
shiping expense will be paid by FAST ComTec.
Copyright  1988 - 2009 FAST ComTec GmbH,
D-82041 Oberhaching, Germany
All rights reserved.
This manual contains proprietary information; no part of it may be reproduced by any means
without prior written permission of FAST ComTec, Grünwalder Weg 28a, D-82041 Oberhaching,
Germany. Tel: ++49 89 66518050, FAX: ++49 89 66518040.
The information in this manual describes the hardware and the software as accurately as
possible, but is subject to change without notice.
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Description ..........................................................................................................................1-1
2. Specifications ......................................................................................................................2-1
2.1. Absolute maximum ratings.......................................................................................2-1
2.2. Technical data.........................................................................................................2-1
2.3. Diagrams.................................................................................................................2-1
2.4. Power requirements ................................................................................................2-2
2.5. Metal case...............................................................................................................2-2
2.6. Accessories.............................................................................................................2-3
2.7. Available options .....................................................................................................2-3
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Table of Figures
Table of Figures
Fig. 1.1: Simplified schematic ...................................................................................................1-1
Fig. 1.2: Output pulseform (15 mV in, 150 mV out)....................................................................1-1
Fig. 2.1: TA1800B, (0Ω , 200mVP-P output)................................................................................2-1
Fig. 2.2: TA1800B (50Ω output option, 200mVP-P output)...........................................................2-2
Fig. 2.3: Simulated frequency response of all TAx models.........................................................2-2
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Description
1.
Description
The TA1800B is a fast preamplifier with a small signal bandwidth of 1.8 GHz.
A unique feature for such high speed amplifiers is the DC coupling. DC coupling avoids count rate
effects due to non DC balanced pulse trains and the corresponding charging of coupling
capacitors.
Basically the TA1800B is a non inverting, closed loop, voltage mode, operational amplifier design.
Input offset adjustment is provided. Please be aware that the offset adjustment is source
impedance dependent. For a 50 Ω source impedance the input related adjustment range is
approximately ±5 mV. For a high impedance source, e.g. a current mode driver, the range is
approximately ±10 mV.
Fig. 1.1: Simplified schematic
Fig. 1.2: Output pulseform (15 mV in, 150 mV out)
A test with a 30 mVPP pulse and a FAST ComTec P7889 100 ps TOF analyzer showed an
improvement of 10 … 15% in peak width (FWHM) when a TA1800B was used for amplification of
the small pulse signal.
Applications for the TA1800B are:

Pre-amp for ultra fast detectors (MCP, PMT, …)

Oscilloscope and transient recorder pre-amp

Photon-/Ion-counting

Wideband signal processing
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Specifications
2.
Specifications
2.1.
Absolute maximum ratings
Supply:
(100 ms max.) ......................................................................... 25V
Signal input:
............................................................................................ 2.5 V
ESD rating:
...................................................................................3000 V HBM
.......................................................................................200 V MM
2.2.
Technical data
Voltage gain:
................................................................ non inverting, 20dB / x10
Input connector:
.............................................................BNC, 50 Ohm, DC coupled
Output connector:
.................................................. BNC, low impedance, DC coupled
...................................................................50 Ohm output feasible
Output voltage:
.................................................................................... max. 1.3 V
Output current:
................................................................................ max. 150 mA
Bandwidth:
small signal (VOUT = 200mVRMS) .....................................1800 MHz
full power (VOUT = 2VPP) .................................................1500 MHz
Slew rate:
(2 V step) ....................................................................... 5500 V/µs
Input offset voltage:
................................................................................. max. 5.25 mV
................................................................................ typ. 20 µV/°C
Input offset adjustment:
(50Ω source) .................................................................... > 5 mV
(high impedance source) .................................................> 10 mV
Input referred noise:
..................................................................................... 2.5 nV/Hz
...................................................................................... 2.51 µVRMS
Noise figure:
(100MHz)........................................................................typ. 16 dB
2.3.
Diagrams
Small signal pulse response (200mVP-P output)
Fig. 2.1: TA1800B, (0Ω , 200mVP-P output)
1 measured with a HP3455A true rms voltmeter (20 Hz ... 1 MHz)
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Fig. 2.2: TA1800B (50Ω output option, 200mVP-P output)
Fig. 2.3: Simulated frequency response of all TAx models
2.4.
Power requirements
Supply connectoer:
...........................................................................2.1 mm center pin
Supply voltage:
............................................................................. nominal +12 VDC
voltage range: ........................................................+10 … +18 VDC
...................................................................false polarity protection
Supply power:
............................................................................................. 2.5 W
2.5.
Metal case
Case material:
........................................ extruded aluminium sheath, Al Mg Si 0.5
Lid material:
...................................................................... die cast, GD-Al Si 12
Size:
...................................................................... 65/101 x 60 x 35 mm
Weight:
.............................................................................................. 124 g
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Specifications
2.6.
Accessories

External wall power supply (included)
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L-clips (order no. AB-WL) for wall-/screw-mounting (optional)
2.7.
Available options

50 Ohm output impedance
This improves the output signal quality since reflections from the target device
(oscilloscope, multichannel analyzer, etc.) are well terminated at the TA1800B's output
and do not travel many times back and force over the cable. Thus, distortion of a
subsequent pulse is largely avoided.
This option is particularly recommended when high pulse rates are expected.
The drawback, of course, is a reduction in the receiving amplitude at the target device by
a factor of 2. Or, in other words, the effective voltage gain into a 50Ω load is reduced by a
factor of 2 (-6 dB).
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Input AC coupling
An input AC coupling with 100nF can be ordered. This results in a lower frequency cut-off
of approx. 32 kHz.
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