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PicoScope 2204

Postby ftoschi » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:50 am

Hi,

I'm looking for an oscilloscope to record an analog signal (0-10V) for a ion detector. I will need of a channel to work as an external trigger.

My detector has a response time of about 100 Hz so I'm looking into a scope such as the 2204.

Can the channel 2 of the scope 2204 be used as external trigger? Is it the right scope for my needs?


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Re: PicoScope 2204

Postby ziko » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:48 am

Hi Francesco,

You can trigger from channel B and then you will be able to view your data on both channels, the question I have is:

I assume you are measuring more than one signal, if so how often does your signal happen?
When you trigger what are you looking for, i.e. what does the signal look like, how long does it last.

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Re: PicoScope 2204

Postby ftoschi » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:12 am

Thanks for your response.

Trigger is a TTL of 5 V. The delay between 2 trigger pulses is in the range 0.01-1 second.
I would like to acquire the data signals in real time and/or accumulate more acquisitions.

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Re: PicoScope 2204

Postby ziko » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:33 pm

Hi Francesco,

I am not sure that I am 100% following, you say the trigger can happen every 0.01 - 1 second, this is between 10ms and 1 second, is this what you are saying? So is this what you mean by your detector response time?

In any case the 2204 will probably have a trigger re-arm time between captures of approximately 70ms depending on the computer the spec and resources on your computer.
The question is how many of these waveforms do you want to capture and how often do quick do you want to sample?

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Re: PicoScope 2204

Postby ftoschi » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:15 am

Hi,

Yes, the trigger is between 10ms and 1 second. I Did a mistake before detector response time (repetiotion rate).

The standard working conditions of my apparatus are: a samplig rate of 50 KS/sec with an accumulation time (interval between trigger pulses) of 100 millisecond, so I have more or less 5 KS each waveform. We would like to capture waveforms int the range of 10-100.

What is the trigger re-arm time (about 70 millisecond or 70 microsecond)? Is the buffer memory (8kS) refreshed each trigger pulse?

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Re: PicoScope 2204

Postby ziko » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:20 pm

Hi the trigger re-arm time of the 2204 is approximately 70 milliseconds on average (depending on PC and overheads).

Looking at your application the 2204 will not be be sufficient what you really need is a device that has larger memory and has a rapid block mode capture.

To explain further you will need to capture your data in block mode, normally the trigger re-arm time is too slow as it has to transfer each capture to the PC , however with a device that has rapid block mode the trigger re-arm time reduces to 1 or 2us depending on the device you choose. It does this by storing all the captures on the memory and then transferring it to the PC when the specified number of captures has finished ( as opposed to transferring each capture to the PC). For this to work in your application you will need a device that cans store more than 500k Samples, as you want 5k samples per waveform and you have 100 captures.

This brings you into the 3000 range, the 3204A has 4MS of memory and the 3204B has 8MS, any of these will be more than sufficient for your application. Just to let you know the difference between the A and B, apart from the memory the B model has an Arbitrary Waveform Generator which allows you to create your own waveforms rather than use a set of standard signals.

http://www.picotech.com/picoscope2000.html

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