Posts tagged ‘Rise time’

Oscilloscope Probe Rise Time Testing

In this blog post, I compared the rise time of four oscilloscope probes of various bandwidths using an avalanche pulse generator and a Tektronix 2465 300 MHz oscilloscope. The bandwidth of an oscilloscope probe is typically characterized using a network analyzer. But using a sub-nanosecond rise time pulse generator and a reasonably high bandwidth scope, we can infer the approximate bandwidth of the probe under test using the following equation: Continue reading ‘Oscilloscope Probe Rise Time Testing’ »

Avalanche Pulse Generator Build Using 2N3904

Avalanche transistors can be used to generate fast rise time pulses. Their usage in the hobby world was made popular following an application note (AN72) by Jim Williams and was further publicized via this EEVBlog video. Many people have built such avalanche pulse generators for oscilloscope bandwidth measurements. In this post, I will show you the one I built using a general purpose BJT as well as some rise time measurements. Continue reading ‘Avalanche Pulse Generator Build Using 2N3904’ »