A constant fraction discriminator (CFD) is an electronic device that generates digital exact time stamps for input signals having changing amplitudes but a constant rise time.

KEY SPECS

  • Compact (85×70×30 mm) and light-weight (100g)
  • Single channel dual-output module
  • Discrimination for positive and negative input signals
  • Rise time: <500ps
  • Jitter: <15ps
  • Max repetition rate: 140MHz
  • Min input detectable signal: +/- 100mV
  • Max output signal: 4V@50 Ohm load
  • B2C or B2B selling options

introductory price
€1.250,00
(Vat excluded)

Main Function

MAIN FEATURES

Our constant fraction discriminator (CFD) is compact and high-performance. It allows the user to convert an analog signal (e.g. the signal coming from a PMT, the sync out of a pulsed laser source, etc.)into a digital one. The CFD module is extremely easy to use and it can be coupled with different microscopy or spectroscopy setups.

Compactness

The size of our CFD module (85×70×30 mm) makes it simple to handle. Furthermore, its reduced size allows the user to to easily implement it even on a desk or on bench setups.

Single channel module

FLIM LABS produces CFD modules with a flexible single-channel format; this feature is key for overcoming the inconvenience of other bulky modules that fit on lab-racks only.

Dual twin output

A dual output with selectable voltages of 2.5V and 4V over a 50 Ohm load allows an extra copy of the discriminated signal. Having an additional output could prove useful in everyday laboratory circumstances.

Power supply

The 2 options available for the power supply allow for flexible powering via jumper cables or via a 2.1/5.5 mm coaxial connector using a wall-mount DC converter (recommended values are 7 ÷ 12 VDC – 400 mA max).

Signal polarity

Our CFD can handle both positive or negative input signals thanks to the polarity switch present on the module.

Output pulse width

The output pulse duration can be shaped by simply twisting the dedicated potentiometer level. Values range from a minimum of 5ns to a maximum of 250ns.

Physical delay line

The presence of a physical delay line allows for improved flexibility in matching the delay line length with the rising time of the input signal. This ensures an optimal digital discrimination.

MAIN FEATURES

Our constant fraction discriminator (CFD) is compact and high-performance. It allows the user to convert an analog signal (e.g. the signal coming from a PMT, the sync out of a pulsed laser source, etc.)into a digital one. The CFD module is extremely easy to use and it can be coupled with different microscopy or spectroscopy setups.

Compactness

The size of our CFD module (85×70×30 mm) makes it simple to handle. Furthermore, its reduced size allows the user to to easily implement it even on a desk or on bench setups.

Single channel module

FLIM LABS produces CFD modules with a flexible single-channel format; this feature is key for overcoming the inconvenience of other bulky modules that fit on lab-racks only.

Dual twin output

A dual output with selectable voltages of 2.5V and 4V over a 50 Ohm load allows an extra copy of the discriminated signal. Having an additional output could prove useful in everyday laboratory circumstances.

Power supply

The 2 options available for the power supply allow for flexible powering via jumper cables or via a 2.1/5.5 mm coaxial connector using a wall-mount DC converter (recommended values are 7 ÷ 12 VDC – 400 mA max).

Signal polarity

Our CFD can handle both positive or negative input signals thanks to the polarity switch present on the module.

Output pulse width

The output pulse duration can be shaped by simply twisting the dedicated potentiometer level. Values range from a minimum of 5ns to a maximum of 250ns.

Physical delay line

The presence of a physical delay line allows for improved flexibility in matching the delay line length with the rising time of the input signal. This ensures an optimal digital discrimination.

USE CASES

Laser Sync Out shaping: digitalization of the laser sync out signal

Digital discrimination of single photon detector signals

CFDs in a microscopy or spectroscopy setup:

Typical configuration

Embedding FLIM LABS kits into pre-existent setups: dual output allows for ‘transparent’ integration of the FLIM Upgrade kit

USE CASES

Laser Sync Out shaping: digitalization of the laser sync out signal

Digital discrimination of single photon detector signals

CFDs in a microscopy or spectroscopy setup:

Typical configuration

Embedding FLIM LABS kits into pre-existent setups: dual output allows for ‘transparent’ integration of the FLIM Upgrade kit

Need help in setting up a CFD?
Download the PDF manual here:

set up manual

FULL SPECS

N. of input signals1
N. of output signals2
Connector typeSMA or SMB (customizable)
Input polarityPositive or negative signals
Min input pulse width700ps
Rise time<500ps
Jitter<15ps
Output pulse widthfrom 5ns to 250ns
Max repetition rate140MHz
Min input detectable signal+/- 100mV
Max input amplitude5Vpp limited
Outputs amplitude2.5V or 4V @ 50Ohm load
Impedance50 Ohm
Delay line lengthselected with an external cable with length based on the rising-edge timing (1ns ~ 30 cm)
Power supply8-12V DC (suggested 9 V DC wallmount) max 400mA
Power supply connector2.1/5.5 mm coaxial connector or jumper cables
Dimensions85×70x30 mm
Weight100g

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    about the product,
    for asking us a quote
    or a demo unit,
    write to us.

    We will answer you
    as soon as possible.