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16th January 2014 02:13

imran khan wrote...

Dear Alan, i am a bit confused regarding circuits. I dont know which one is a main circuit to measure pico ampere current, secondly , what about calibration ,i mean what can be said about accuracy of reading obtained through this circuit.Can you describe a bit more about the drawings in the second picture, i mean which will work as pico ammeter and why you draw rest of other circuits.


31st October 2011 04:52

Sevdet Yavuz wrote...

As another option to measure nanoamperes level currents I am using the regular manual range digital multimeters. On DC 200 mV range depending the input impedance, I can measure fsd 200.0 nanoamperes with 1 Megaohm input impedance or fsd 20.00 nanoamperes with 10 Megaohm input impedance meter. To find the leakage current of Si diodes before using them on some sensitive circuits or checking car alternators' excitation bridges for leakage this is pretty useful.

26th December 2010 21:52

yi gang wrote...


Thank you for your answers my question very much! I'm clear now.

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Thanks again!


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26th December 2010 09:59

Alan Yates wrote...


The "rail-splitter" amp is acting as a unity-gain follower, delivering a mid-rail voltage to the shielding box. I could just have easily used two batteries, but there were two op-amps in the package and it consumes only tiny currents keeping the "ground" at mid-rail.

You can actually buy rail-splitter devices which are implemented internally essentially identical to this. They have complementary outputs that sink or source current to keep the output at half the supply voltage. (Up to some limit where they blow up. :)



26th December 2010 03:31

yi gang wrote...

Why it does'nt got a large current consume that OPA. generate the referenced ground?