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# Modern Transistor for Avalanche in SMT

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#### Owen Roberts

Jan 1, 1970
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Ok, I'm tired of hunting old mesa transistors on Ebay for pulse
generators. I also want to get my loop area down to shorten the pulse.
Anyone have a SMT part that is available at Digikey or Mouser that
avalanches well?
Say 3$a unit max? Only other requirement is a packaging that a 40 year old pair of eyes can handle. I know about the$14 to 20$Zetex/Diodes Inc parts. Thanks, Steve D #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 Ok, I'm tired of hunting old mesa transistors on Ebay for pulse generators. I also want to get my loop area down to shorten the pulse. Anyone have a SMT part that is available at Digikey or Mouser that avalanches well? Say 3$ a unit max?  Only other requirement is a packaging that a 40
year old pair of eyes can handle.

I know about the $14 to 20$ Zetex/Diodes Inc parts.

Thanks,

Steve

The old standard was 2n2369. I've also used 2n2222, I think it was.
I tested a bunch of varieties. I'd have to dig through old notes.

I got pretty good yields, but today you might as well use ordinary
logic. It's faster, cheaper, easier, and makes better pulses. Unless
you're trying to make amps, that is.

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#### Jeroen

Jan 1, 1970
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Ok, I'm tired of hunting old mesa transistors on Ebay for pulse
generators. I also want to get my loop area down to shorten the pulse.
Anyone have a SMT part that is available at Digikey or Mouser that
avalanches well?
Say 3$a unit max? Only other requirement is a packaging that a 40 year old pair of eyes can handle. I know about the$14 to 20$Zetex/Diodes Inc parts. Thanks, Steve I've seen the BFG541 avalanche nicely, albeit at a somewhat lower voltage than a 2n2369. It's faster too. Jeroen Belleman O #### Owen Roberts Jan 1, 1970 0 We have a little informal contest here on campus for fastest hand made pulser under 20$. Right now I'm loosing to the EE Dept's tech by 50
pS.
He had time during the summer to hand select devices. Only avalanche
and SRD is allowed.

Why Else? Convenience....

I use pulsers like this in a ultrafast laser lab for testing
photodetectors. They drive 1.3 micron VECSELs with a little bias
network. Since the budget has to came out of my own pocket, I like
the simplicity. I can build them dead bug.

While no where near as fast as a femtosecond laser, its good enough
to see if the PD is still good, if the termination is correct etc.

Steve

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#### Tim Williams

Jan 1, 1970
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I've always found 2N3904s work well, surprising for an epitaxial. Fast
and RF transistors tend to work as well. Jim Williams was fond of the
2N2369, as suggested; I've avalanched a, I think it was 2SA1016 (if I have
that wrong, it's a nearby number, with specs something like 20V, 100mA, fT

Tim

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#### Jamie

Jan 1, 1970
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Owen said:
We have a little informal contest here on campus for fastest hand made
pulser under 20\$. Right now I'm loosing to the EE Dept's tech by 50
pS.
He had time during the summer to hand select devices. Only avalanche
and SRD is allowed.

Why Else? Convenience....

I use pulsers like this in a ultrafast laser lab for testing
photodetectors. They drive 1.3 micron VECSELs with a little bias
network. Since the budget has to came out of my own pocket, I like
the simplicity. I can build them dead bug.

While no where near as fast as a femtosecond laser, its good enough
to see if the PD is still good, if the termination is correct etc.

Steve

I posted a Ltspice using LT1720 (fast comparator) that can generate a
15nS pulse, variable up to 250nS. It uses an inductor on the (+) input
as the time constant (500uh). Input generator set to match what a
Cmos version of the 555 timer can do on the raise and full time to
trigger an interval.

I wonder how a HEMT would do for you?

Jamie

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