Posts tagged ‘Monochromator’

Teardown of a Spex HS1000 Monochromator Controller

Monochromator is one of those things that has always fascinated me. Over the years, I have done quite a few experiments (I, II, III) with an EP200Mmd monochromator and it was a lot of fun. Because monochromators are such highly specialized equipment, decent ones are hard to come by at reasonable prices second hand. So my strategy has been to scour eBay once a while and pick up bit and pieces whenever I can.

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Cheap UV EPROM Eraser Teardown and Spectrum Analysis

Till recently, I have been using custom circuitry whenever I needed to backup some firmware. But the process was rather tedious as for each kind of EPROM or EEPROM I needed to study the protocol and timing requirements and then come up with the required circuitry on a breadboard. And wiring can easily become an issue with a high pin-count chip. So I finally got myself a proper EPROM programmer (it’s a TL866A) along with a $15 generic UV EPROM eraser so I could program EPROM/EEPROM’s quickly. While it was fun to build a programmer circuit each time, I think the effort can be put into something more useful. Continue reading ‘Cheap UV EPROM Eraser Teardown and Spectrum Analysis’ »

The Spectrums of Three Cheap Laser Pointers

A couple of months ago, I converted my EP200Mmd monochromator into a scanning monochromator and tested the spectrums of quite a few light sources. This time, I will take take a look at the spectrums of three cheap eBay laser pointers using the same technique. Continue reading ‘The Spectrums of Three Cheap Laser Pointers’ »

Yet Another Scanning Monochromator Build

A while ago, I saw a video on the signal path in which Shahriar modified his Verity EP200Mmd monochromator/detector and turned it into a scanning monochromator. Inspired by his work, I decided to do something similar. Since I do not have the equipment to make the mechanical pieces, I decided to take another route. In this post, I will show you a simple and non-intrusive way to make the EP200Mmd a scanning monochromator. A video discussing the build and some experiments is included towards the end. Continue reading ‘Yet Another Scanning Monochromator Build’ »