07/02/2021 at 19:56 •
While checking the breadboard circuit and sussing out the last bugs, I am also working on the final housing of this project. It's a bit tight, but everything fits.
06/20/2021 at 21:33 •
The setup on the breadboard works. LEDs are blinking randomly and I have an open-drain digital output of random bits. The current measurement is very sensitive to so shielding of the ion chamber and preamplifier is very important. Without it the output is just 50 Hz noise.
Channel 2 shows the current measurement output minus the DC offset. Since the signal is quite slow, I had to use the oscilloscope in DC mode and add my own RC high pass for reliable measurements. Channel 1 shows the digital output of the circuit. It is generated by comparing the analogue output with a reference voltage using a Schmitt trigger.
Now I need to document the working circuit and move it to a more permanent perfboard.