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474 Timing Filter Amplifer

ORTEC 474 Timing Filter Amplifier
  • Timing with germanium detectors
  • Energy spectroscopy at ultra-high count rates
  • Selectable filter for pulse shaping
  • Signal-to-noise ratio optimization
  • Continuously adjustable gain, X2 to X250
  • Pole-zero cancellation
  • DC-coupling

The ORTEC Model 474 Timing Filter Amplifier is especially designed to shape pulses and permit optimizing the signal-to-noise ratio for timing measurements. The Model 474 is particularly suited for use with an ORTEC Constant-Fraction Timing Discriminator in timing applications with germanium or silicon charged-particle detectors. It derives its input signal directly from the preamplifier output.
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    The fast rise time, high output drive, and high gain capabilities of the Model 474 make it useful for other applications, such as timing with systems utilizing low-gain photomultiplier tubes. In addition, the pole-zero cancellation network, the dc-coupling, and the time-invariant baseline restorer permit energy spectroscopy with scintillation detectors and Si charged-particle detectors at ultra-high count rates. 

    A wide variety of input pulse shapes can be filtered as required for optimum signal processing. The Model 474 combines continuously adjustable gain (X2 to X250) with separately selectable Integrate (τi) and Differentiate (τd) time constants for proper pulse shaping, making this unit an important asset for time measurement.
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    Input Amplitude Range
    0 to ±1 V signal, 0 to ±5 V dc offset; maximum input ±5 V total.
    Output Amplitude Range 0 to ±5 V with a 50-Ω load.
    Noise For maximum gain, rms noise referred to the input is ≤10 µV with τ= τ= 200 ns or ≤50 µV with filter out; measured using a Hewlett-Packard 3400A true rms meter.
    Rise Time ≤10 ns with filter Out or ~2.2 τfor other selections.
    Nonlinearity ≤±0.05% at midband frequency over ±5 V range.
    Temperature Instability DC Level  ≤±25 µV/°C referred to the output.
    Gain  ≤±0.06%/°C.
    Specifications over 0 to 50°C range.


    Coarse Gain Front-panel 6-position switch for selection of X1, X2, X4, X6, X10, or X20.
    Fine Gain Front-panel single-turn potentiometer, continuous from X2 to X12.5.
    Pole Zero Adj Front-panel screwdriver adjustment to compensate for the preamplifier decay time constant.
    Time Constant Two 6-position switches on front panel: 
    • Integrate RC time constants: Out (equivalent to 4 ns), 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 ns. 
    • Differentiate RC time constants: Out (equivalent to 0.2 ms), 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 ns.
    NOTE: With Differentiate and Integrate in the Out position, the passband is 1 kHz to 35 MHz.
    Non INV/INV Selects inversion or non-inversion of the input signal.


    Positive or negative polarity selectable by front-panel switch; amplitude 0 to ±1 V; protected to ±6 V dc and to ±100 V at 10% duty factor integrated over 1 s; impedance 100 Ω, dc-coupled; front-panel BNC connector. Accepts a ±5 V dc offset, maximum input (signal plus offset) limited to ±5 V.

    Front-panel BNC connector. Amplitude 0 to ±5 V; rise time ≤10 ns for filter out (2.2 τi for other filter selections). Impedance <1 Ω, dc-coupled.
    Preamplifier Power Rear-panel standard ORTEC power connector, Amphenol 17-10090.

    Electrical and Mechanical
    Power Required
    +24 V, 65 mA; –24 V, 45 mA; +12 V, 160 mA; –12 V, 180 mA.
    Weight Net  1.0 kg (2.4 lb).   Shipping  2.5 kg (5.4 lb).
    Dimensions NIM-standard single-width module 3.43 X 22.13 cm (1.35 X 8.714 in.) per DOE/ER-0457T.
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    Model Description
    474 Timing Filter Amplifier