TN-HVA-1: Programming the “HVA” Series Precision
High Voltage Amplifier
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This Tech Note explains how to implement
the various control, programming, and monitoring functions of the “HVA” Series
Precision High Voltage Amplifier.
To program the Unipolar Version of
the HVA High Voltage Amplifiers a 0 to +10 VDC is required. A 10VDC reference
voltage is provided at pin 1 of the DB15 female connector mounted on
the front of the HVA. It can be used to source the programming circuitry.
In the case of a fixed (non-time varying) output, the programming circuitry
could simply be a potentiometer connected to pin 1 and pin 6, with the
wiper terminal connected to pin 3 (non-inverting) or pin 2 (inverting)
Voltage Programming Pin.
In the following sections, we outline
programming of the unipolar versions of the HVA followed by programming
of the bipolar versions of the HVA.
As depicted in Figure 1 and in the
subsequent illustrations, programming is performed by the appropriate
connections to pins 2, 3, and 6 of the input connector. As depicted,
the programming input is applied to an internal differential amplifier
within the HVA. The inputs are tied to the signal ground within the HVA
by 10MΩ resistors. Pin 6 is the signal ground and is connected
to the power ground, internally.
Programming Unipolar HVAs — Positive
For positive voltage excursions (as
depicted in Figure 1), the 0 to +10 VDC source is connected as shown
in Figure 1 with pin 3 tied to the internal ground in the HVA at pin
Programming Unipolar HVAs — Negative
For negative voltage excursions (as
depicted in Figure 2), the 0 to +10 VDC source is connected as shown,
with pin 3 tied to the internal ground in the HVA at pin 6.
Negative voltage excursions can also
be programmed with a -10V signal into the Vprog(+) — pin 3 — with
pin 2 tied to the signal ground at pin 6.
Programming Bipolar HVAs
For a bipolar HVA, a 0 to ±10
VDC source is connected (as depicted in Figure 3). The (-) terminal may
be grounded at pin 6 (see note 1). If a waveform is required, a bipolar
programming signal will yield a bipolar output voltage.
Current Limit Adjust
To establish current limiting, a 0 to +10 VDC source
is connected to pin 13 and pin 6 (signal ground) as shown in Figure 4. Be
sure to observe the polarity of the applied signal. The voltage is always
positive because the current limiting circuitry seeks the absolute value
of the current and limits the value — without regard to polarity. The
input characteristic is high impedance with a 10MΩ pulldown to ground.
A TTL output can be connected to pins 11 and 6 (as
shown in Figure 5) to enable or disable the HVA. Please note, when no TTL
output is connected, the HVA defaults to Disable via the 10MΩ resistor
shown in Figure 5, which pulls the TTL input to ground. As a matter of
convenience, the Enable can be brought to the Vref at pin 1.
Voltage and Current Monitoring
As depicted in Figure 6, monitoring voltages corresponding to the voltage and
current delivered between the High Voltage Connector and the 6-32 High Voltage
Return stud are supplied at pins 4 and 12, respectively, versus the signal
ground at pin 6. Both of these pins are buffered and can provide currents
of 1mA, maximum. When the HVA is sourcing current, the current monitoring
voltage will be positive; when sinking current, this voltage will be negative.
An accurate representation of the
voltage waveform can be viewed with an oscilloscope at pin 4. Please
note, the current monitoring circuitry is narrow band, so waveforms at
pin 12 are accurate at frequencies of 15Hz or less. The voltage monitor
employs a compensated voltage divider and, therefore, has an extended
The HVA supplies 0 to +10 VDC ±0.05%
at pin 1 versus the signal ground at pin 6. The maximum delivered current
must be limited to 5mA or less.
There are two LEDs located just to the left of the DB15
Connector on the front panel. The green POWER ON LED illuminates when power
is applied to the HVA. The yellow HIGH VOLTAGE ON LED illuminates when
the HVA is enabled.
High Voltage Connections
Connect the high voltage load to the High Voltage Connector
and the High Voltage Return. Do NOT connect the High Voltage Return stud
to the signal ground at pin 6. The High Voltage Return stud and the signal
ground are connected internally to avoid ground loops.
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