[time-nuts] Newbie with new questions: Rubidium
Lutwak at Alum.mit.edu
Sat Aug 6 08:11:15 EDT 2005
The lamp runs quite hot (typically over 100C). Failure is generally the
heater, which is typically a transistor or FET bolted to the lamp body.
Occasionally, the RF transistor which drive the lamp discharge (something in
the range of 60-150 MHz) will fail. Again, it's the electronic components
failing, not the physics.
In a very old Rb, you may see some reduction in signal level due to
darkening of the lamp glass. This may lead to diminished stability
performance and contribute to long-term frequency drift, but is unlikely to
cause lock failure.
Robert Lutwak, Senior Scientist
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From: "Magnus Danielson" <cfmd at bredband.net>
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Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Newbie with new questions: Rubidium
> From: <jim_johnson at agilent.com>
> Subject: RE: [time-nuts] Newbie with new questions: Rubidium
> Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 16:45:17 -0700
> <65213341217E8D458E7C78E6640C749503BB3177 at waglmb01.labs.agilent.com>
>> Our experience has been that the most common
>> failure in Rb standards is the Rb lamp. There
>> is a known wearout mechanism in the lamp and
>> a somewhat predictable lifespan. The filter
>> and absorption cells have no wearout mechanism.
> Some Rubidiums have a "hot-swap" of the Rubidium lamp, such as my R&S
> Unfortunatly I don't have the replacement part.
> With hot-swap means that all electronics, heating etc is all running as
> normally, but during the operation there is a natural loss of tracking.
>> Have a nice weekend,
>> Agilent Laboratories
>> Palo Alto, CA
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com]On
>> >Behalf Of Rex
>> >Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 1:40 PM
>> >To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
>> >Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Newbie with new questions: Rubidium
>> >On Fri, 05 Aug 2005 20:26:36 +0000, rlutwak at comcast.net wrote:
>> >>Usually, Rb clock failures are electronic. Failed components are
>> >>generally the same you'd expect on any electronics. Check first
>> >>the power supply capacitors.
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