From electronics for experiments we have:
- various microcontrollers (popular Arduino Nano, Due, less Popular but interesting Stellaris Launchpad; single-board computers Raspberry Pi 3 B + and Intel Edison)
- ADCs (AD7715, ADS7816) and DAC (DAC8512)
- Operational amplifiers: conventional and precision, low-noise
- Other electronic components for small items, as well as "donor" devices (failed ATX power supplies, UPS, CD-ROM drives, etc.)
- High voltage controlled source from 0 to -30kV
- The Aquarium
From large, independent devices there is a high-voltage power unit from an Amray microscope around 1990 of release, of unknown working capacity, with traces of repair by a Russian-speaking person.
It is necessary to understand, How to manage it, how to connect to our column and in general, check whether it works. And then suspiciously there all is signed in Russian marker:)
A small video for those who are more interested in seeing everything "live", see how the cathode burns inside the microscope, and all this as quickly as possible:
The high-voltage power unit consists of two parts
I. The source of high voltage
Stabilized, controllable, powerful enough, specially designed for electron microscopes – it's all about it. The miracle of the technology of the 1990s, which is still produced by one American company. Voltage – 110 V, 60 Hz frequency. To my official question "will it work from 110 V 50 Hz", sent a month ago, the company did not consider it necessary to answer.
On the right below, and also everywhere inside, and those traces of stay are visible. Most likely, this device broke down, and was in repair. How successful was the repair – it remains to be seen.
The board on it was "bundled" with this power supply. There are no problems with it. First, it is also carefully signed by a marker, where there is +5 V, and where is 10 V. Secondly, the essence of her understanding was relatively easy.
This voltage source is controlled by an analog signal. It itself provides a reference voltage of 10 V, which corresponds to -30kV at the output. Therefore, Amray engineers have done a simple solution. Delivered a 12-bit (bit) D / A converter from which only 9 bits in the form of separate wiring were used to control, and 5 V power for the DAC. Total,
The discharge is, the power supply is switched off by overload, then turns back on again.
Since the high voltage it generates, then one wants to analyze it "quantitatively", or, more simply, measure the output voltage.
He thought about the voltage divider rummaged all the reserves
of radio components passive electronic components, or rather, mega-ohm resistors.
Found green EXPLOSIONS
But even at the highest current divider need 30Mom. And in general, to test this source at maximum current is not an option.
I bought thirty 10MΩ resistors with a power of 1W and soldered them like this:
The paper is attracted spectacularly, and the Soviet dial gauge adds atmospheric.
But, the fact is that (and I was informed honestly by knowledgeable people), these resistors are designed for a maximum of 500 V. And in our case, the voltage drop on each one is