[time-nuts] HP5065A C-field current is temperature sensitive
phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Aug 21 16:22:12 EDT 2015
I had this morning, and put it into action right away:
I disconnected the A15R8 resistor from the tempco afflicted A15CR5 zener diode,
and hooked it up to my Fluke 732A's 10V output (which is speced to 10mA).
I had expected to see a vast improvement in C-field drive stability, but
while the improvement is measurable, it is a lot less than I had expected.
Having eliminted that one, there are two influences left:
* Noise from the +20 V supply leaks through
The data evidently shows this to be the case, but the correlation does
not explain all the C-field current variability.
* Tempco in the constant current driver circuitry
I'm increasingly leaning this way, because even though A15R8 is fed
from the rock-stable Fluke, the voltage at the A15Q6A base still
varies quite a lot with temperature, but the short term jitter is
I don't have enough data yet to conclude if the MVAR floor is improved,
but it looks quite promising so far: The curve has very confidently
dipped below 1e-13 at 5000 seconds. It used to flatten at 3e-13.
Next experiment is going to be driving the C-field solenoid directly
from the Fluke 732A through a suitable low tempco current-limiting
Anybody want to bet what *that* will do to the MVAR floor ?
I'll write this up on my web-pages once I have more data.
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