DJB Instruments

Instrumentation - CA/04/N

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Low Noise Charge Amplifier • Extended Low Frequency Response • Input Range 1/110pC/g (0.1/11pC/g: CA/04/NL), (10/1100pC/g: CA/04/NH), (100/11000pC/g: CA/04/EH) output up to 3.16V/pC, overload LED • Bandwidth 0.1/100kHz

Charge Amplifier Noise

The dominant source is input voltage noise en, amplified by the non-inverting gain of the transducer interface section (Fig.I.).

This latter is a function of the signal source impedance, 1/ω (C† + Cc), and charge amplifier transfer impedance 1/ω Cf being unity (best case) for open circuit input.

Note also that in the O/C input case, increased transfer impedance improves signal/noise by prorata enhancement of the inverting/noninverting gain ratio.

It is safe to say that noise evaluation and comparison should be subject to representative input loading-open circuit data may mislead.

Minimal noise design centres around the choice of early stage active devices and their configuration ; ergonomic facets contributing to operational versatility may overide absolute minimisation.

Low noise charge amplifier, with a 0.1/1Hz (-3dB) switchable minimum frequency option, provision for adding custom single pole low pass roll-off, LED overload indicator.


A three decade digi-switch and x1/x10 multiplier provides output normalising over a 1/110pC/g transducer sensitivity range, with 1% worst case resolution.
Min. (1.00), max. (10.99) digi-switch settings confine range to minimum 1% resolution, caters for 10 & 100pC/g transducer nominal sensitivity tolerance spread.


Setting digi-switch and multiplier directly to the transducer charge sensitivity calibrates O/P1 to 10mV/g, O/P2 to 1V for range switch setting 0.316, 1.0, 3.16, 10, 31.6, or 100g.
Normalising scale factor greater than unity produces a pro-rata gain reduction, hence O/P1 & 2 scaling, and increase in peak g.

By way of example, with the amplifier normalised to 50pC/g a 10pC/g transducer rescales O/P1 to 2mV/g peak O/P1 level will increase from 1200 to 6000g (Vs = ±15V).


Absolute value peak detector indicates signal level exceeding 8V.


The CAL terminal connects to the amplifier input (virtual earth) via a 1nF capacitor.
A voltage applied to CAL converts to an input charge (1mV ≡ 1pC).

Application Notes

Improved noise floor and extended low frequency offer performance advantages in such areas as low level structural vibration surveys.

Long duration shock measurement fidelity will be improved in 0.1Hz minimum frequency mode, rectangular wave pulse duration for 10% droop increasing from 10ms to 100ms.


  • CA/04/NL (0.1/11pC/g)
  • CA/04/NH (10/1100 pC/g)
  • CA/04/EH (100/11000pC/g)
  • Are available for low, high or very high sensitivity accelerometer