Transimpedance amplifier noise issues

Discussion in 'Analog & Mixed-Signal Design' started by Pillow, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Pillow

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm creating a circuit to measure PPG (blood oxygen saturation) readings using and LED and photodiode, and I'm having some issues with my transimpedance amplifier in the photodiode part. A couple of weeks ago my circuit worked fine, showing a clear difference between the signal voltage from the amplifier when the photodiode was covered and uncovered.

    However since last week, when I cover the photodiode, the signal peaks and then quickly returns to the uncovered baseline level. Then, when I uncover it, the opposite happens: the signal peaks briefly in the inverse direction and returns to baseline. I have tried swapping out all the components and wires (except for the photodiode), moving the circuit to a different part of the breadboard, putting a capacitor across the op amp +/- voltage, altering the feedback resistor value, nothing seems to make any difference.

    Can anyone offer any advice, or anything I can try? I can post pictures or even a video of the signal changes on an oscilloscope if anyone wants to see it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bertus

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    Hello,

    Without any information on the parts used and schematic, we can not give you a solution.
    Please post a schematic here using the "Upload a File" button.

    Bertus
     
  3. Pillow

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    Sorry, I've included a diagram of the transimpedance amplifier:

    1470422719677-1181541231.jpg

    The op amp I'm using is a TL081CP, the feedback resistor was originally 15.6 M ohms, but I have tried various other values. The photodiode is this one.
     
  4. bertus

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    Hello,

    You might want to have a look at the attached PDF.

    Bertus
     
  5. Pillow

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    Thanks bertus, I'll take a look
     
  6. crutschow

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    Sounds like you viewing the output with an oscilloscope set to AC input coupling.
    It should be set to DC.
     
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  7. Pillow

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    Hmm I was using a different oscilloscope, so it could be that! I'll check the settings when I'm back in next week.
     
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