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Stanford SR200 Boxcar Averagers and Gated Integrators

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Stanford SR200 Boxcar Averagers and Gated Integrators

Stanford Research Systems


The SR200 Series Boxcar Averager System from Stanford Research System is a modular instrumentation platform designed to acquire and analyse fast analog signals. The system consists of a NIM compatible mainframe and modules which can be selected to tailer a system to individual requirements. The SR200 series is flexible enough to handle gate widths from 100ps to 150µs, repetition rates up to 50kHz, and has both analog and digital outputs. With its low-noise inputs and low-drift ouputs, the SR200 series is the standard for gated integrators and boxcar averagers.

Gated Integration
Gated integrators and boxcar averagers are designed to recover fast, repetitive, analog signals. In a typical application, a time "gate" of predetermined width is precisely positioned relative to an internal or external trigger to coincide with your signal. A gated integrator amplifies and integrates the signal that is present during the time the gate is open, ignoring noise and interference that may be present at other times.

Boxcar Averaging
Boxcar averaging refers to the practice of averaging the output of the gated integrator over many shots of the experiment. Since any signal present during the gate will add linearly, while noise will add in a "random walk" fashion as the square root of the number of shots, averaging N shots will improve the signal-to-noise ratio by a factor of √N.

Analog and Digital Measurements
The SR200 series is designed to work without a computer, allowing you to quickly "tune-up" your experiment, or with a computer, automating complex measurement sequences. Modules like the SR235 Analog Processor perform signal processing functions (eg., ratioing and background subtraction) without the need for a computer, while the SR245 Computer Inteface gives you complete access to boxcar measurements over GPIB or RS232.

For further information please contact us or download the datasheet.


      SR200 datasheet                                             Read more on Stanford's website