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Tuning Fork Resonant Choppers
CH-10  CH-20
FEATURES AND ADVANTAGES:
  • ONE FIXED FREQUENCY from 10 Hz to 6 kHz
  • Aperture up to 10mm
  • Suitable for long life dedicated applications
  • Simple to use
  • Low Cost
  • Small size/lightweight
  • Withstands shock and vibration
  • Low power drive electronics
  • Rugged, no wearing parts
  • High reliability, long life
  • High frequency stability
  • High amplitude stability
  • ULTRA HIGH VACUUM operation1
  • HIGH TEMPERATURE operation1
  • Operates at CRYOGENIC temperatures1
  • MEETS MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS1
  • USED IN AEROSPACE and ATMOSPHERIC MISSIONS1
  • Jitter free operation
  • No radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • Reference signal available
  • Dark vanes are standard, bright vanes or mirrors are optional1
  • Single vane for alternate beam chopping1
1 Available on special order



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Tuning fork choppers are the most reliable choppers. They have an infinite lifetime. They can work in high temperature, ultra high vacuum and cryogenic environments. Tuning fork choppers are used for chopping light, plasma, X-ray and laser light.
They are low cost - especially in larger quantities, compact size, lightweight and have virtually unlimited life. This make the tuning fork choppers suitable for dedicated applications, OEM, built into an instrument or system, and for small, portable and hand-held systems. Tuning fork chopper that meets MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS are available as a special order.

A tuning fork chopper is a ONE FIXED FREQUENCY electromechanically driven light chopper. Vanes, attached to moving tines, modulate a light beam. The chopper operates at the natural resonant frequency established by the effective mass of the moving assembly and the spring constant of the tines. The one FIXED chopping frequency is chosen from a range (from 10 Hz to 6 KHz).
Apertures up to 15mm are practical in the lower frequencies (under 100 Hz), apertures of 0.5mm at 3 KHz and apertures 0.2mm at 6 KHz. If the beam size is limiting the chopper frequency, consider focusing the beam.
The motion amplitude of the chopper is inversely proportional to its frequency. You can find examples of the frequency amplitude relationship in the table below. Dark or bright vanes are standard; mirrors, lenses or gratings are optional. The standard operating temperature is -40 deg C to +65 deg C.

Balanced operation and high "Q" insure excellent frequency stability, low electrical drive power and low reaction forces. High flexural stiffness provides good resistance to shock and vibration. Tuning fork choppers are cryogenic and high temperature capable. They can be constructed of low out-gassing materials for ultra high vacuum. A significant use of tuning fork choppers is in aerospace and atmospheric research. Tuning fork choppers take part in distinguished space research projects around the globe.
Another important use of the tuning fork chopper is in detection applications, where optical signals are obscured by noise. A fixed frequency modulated signal can be filtered from background noise. This is best achieved using a lock-in amplifier. The detected signal and the reference signal (mixed with the frequency of the tuning fork chopper) cause the frequency of interest to appear as a pure dc output level. All other signals are filtered with the low pass filter. Once noise is removed, proper signal measurements can be obtained.
Tuning fork choppers are used in industrial, aerospace and military applications worldwide.

The ED driver and the AGC driver are both tuning fork oscillators using the chopper as a frequency source. The AGC driver also provides a high amplitude stability (0.005%) and both sine wave and TTL reference signals.
The PLD-1C driver phase locks a tuning fork chopper to an external clock signal.
The PLD-2C driver phase locks two tuning fork choppers in a "master/slave" chopping system.

Special vane configurations, modulating waveforms and shapes are available as a special order (consult EOPC). Drive electronics with different package, regulation and power supply options are available. Special pricing is also available for OEM applications.

NOTES:
1) For 50% DUTY CYCLE: The Opening at rest is zero.
2) The standard base holds a single coil. A base with two coils is recommended for low frequencies
and high amplitude stability (with the AGC driver). For a wide temperature range, a base with three
coils is recommended for high frequencies and high amplitude stability (with the AGC driver).
3) The vane motion is sinusiodal.

CH-10 Optical Modulator:
ONE FIXED FREQUENCY from the range of 10Hz to 1kHz

For 50% duty cycle, the opening at rest is zero.
The standard base holds a single coil.
A base with two coils is recommended for low frequency
and high amplitude stability (with the AGC driver) and
for a wide temperature range.
A base with three coils is recommended for high
frequencies and high amplitude stability (with the AGC
driver) and for a wide temperature range.
The vane motion is sinusoidal
Standard operating temp.: -40°C to +65°C

The following should serve as guide lines only:
 FREQUENCY 
 (Hz) 
 LENGTH 
 (Inches) 
 WIDTH 
 VANE 
 OPENING 
 AT REST 
 (Inches) 
 SINGLE COIL 
 (Inches) 
 DOUBLE/TRIPLE 
 COIL 
 (Inches) 
 LENGTH 
 (Inches) 
 WIDTH 
 (Inches) 
 10-50 
 2.81 
 0.88 
 1.00 
 0.63 
 0.37 
 0.20 
 60-200 
 2.69 
 0.88 
 1.00 
 0.63 
 0.31 
 0.20 
 200-400 
 2.56 
 0.88 
 1.00 
 0.50 
 0.31 
 0.20-0.10 
 400-600 
 2.40-2.00 
 0.88 
 1.00 
 0.40 
 0.24 
 0.10-0.06 
 600-800 
 2.00 
 0.88 
 1.00 
 0.40 
 0.24 
 0.06-0.04 
 800-1000 
 2.00 
 0.88 
 1.00 
 0.40 
 0.23 
 0.04-0.03 

 FREQUENCY 
 50% DUTY CYCLE 
 90% DUTY CYCLE 
 FULL APERTURE 
 FULL APERTURE 
 (Hz)   (mm)   (Inches)   (mm)   (Inches) 
 10-150 
 5.1 
 0.20 
 10.2 
 0.40 
 200 
 4.0 
 0.16 
 8.1 
 0.32 
 250 
 3.8 
 0.15 
 7.6 
 0.30 
 300 
 3.1 
 0.12 
 6.1 
 0.24 
 400 
 2.4 
 0.10 
 4.8 
 0.19 
 450 
 2.0 
 0.08 
 4.0 
 0.16 
 500 
 1.8 
 0.07 
 3.6 
 0.14 
 600 
 1.5 
 0.06 
 3.0 
 0.12 
 700 
 1.2 
 0.05 
 2.0 
 0.09 
 800 
 1.0 
 0.04 
 2.0 
 0.08 
 900 
 0.8 
 0.03 
 1.6 
 0.07 
 1000 
 0.6 
 0.03 
 1.2 
 0.05 




CH-20 Optical Modulator:
ONE FIXED FREQUENCY from the range of 200Hz to 6kHz

For 50% duty cycle, the opening at rest is zero.
The vane motion is sinusoidal
Standard operating temp.: -40°C to +65°C

The following should serve as guide lines only:
 FREQUENCY 
 (Hz) 
 CHOPPER 
 BASE 
 OPENING 
 AT REST  
 (Inches) 
 A 
 B 
 C 
 D 
 E 
 LENGTH 
 (Inches) 
 WIDTH 
 (Inches) 
 HEIGHT 
 (Inches) 
 LENGTH 
 (Inches) 
 WIDTH 
 (Inches) 
 200-400 
 1.70 
 0.68 
 0.35 
 0.78 
 0.625 
 0.10 
 400-800 
 1.40 
 0.68 
 0.35 
 0.78 
 0.625 
 0.06 
 800-1000 
 1.30 
 0.68 
 0.35 
 0.78 
 0.625 
 0.04 
 1000-1200 
 1.62 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.03 
 1200-1500 
 1.52 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.03 
 1500-1700 
 1.33 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.02 
 1700-2000 
 1.25 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.02 
 2000-2500 
 1.25 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.01 
 2500-3000 
 1.06 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.007 
 3000 
 0.96 
 0.68 
 0.30 
 1.13 
 0.625 
 0.006 
 3000-6000 
 1.25 
 0.88 
 0.39 
 1.25 
 0.875 
 0.006 

 FREQUENCY 
 50% DUTY CYCLE 
 90% DUTY CYCLE 
 FULL APERTURE 
 FULL APERTURE 
 (Hz)   (mm)   (Inches)   (mm)   (Inches) 
 200 
 2.5 
 0.10 
 5.0 
 0.20 
 400 
 1.5 
 0.06 
 3.0 
 0.12 
 800 
 1.0 
 0.04 
 2.0 
 0.08 
 1000 
 0.85 
 0.03 
 1.7 
 0.07 
 1500 
 0.70 
 0.03 
 1.4 
 0.06 
 2000 
 0.40 
 0.02 
 0.80 
 0.03 
 2500 
 0.25 
 0.01 
 0.50 
 0.02 
 3000 
 0.20 
 0.008 
 0.40 
 0.016 
 5000 
 0.15 
 0.006 
 0.30 
 0.012 
 6000 
 0.10 
 0.004 
 0.20 
 0.008 





ORDERING INFORMATION:
TYPE [CH-10]; DUTY CYCLE [%]; VANE [B=bright or D=dark]; FREQUENCY [Hz]
Example: PART NO. CH10-90D-825. This part number specifies the model CH-10 chopper, with 90% duty cycle, dark vanes and an 825 Hz operating frequency.

TYPE [CH-20]; DUTY CYCLE [%]; VANE [B=bright or D=dark]; FREQUENCY [Hz]
Example: PART NO. CH20-50D3000. This part number specifies the model CH-20 chopper, with 50% duty cycle, dark vanes and a 3KHz operating frequency.

Special vane configurations, modulating waveforms and shapes are available on special order. Consult factory. Drive electronics with different packages, regulation, and reference signal and power supply options are available.
Special pricing for OEM applications.



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