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Current Source dropping during test

Models 2400, 2401, 2410, 2420, 2425, 2430, 2440, 6430
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Current Source dropping during test

Post by Ahegedus » October 9th, 2019, 8:58 am


I have a very simple script to measure a capacitor with a 2410.
I set the system to current source and measure voltage. I use a list of points for the current going from a fixed positive value flipping to a negative value about 2/3 of the way in to measure the discharge.

I have set the system to plc of 1 and it is running in the two wire mode.
I collect data: voltage, current, time.

I notice that the current is decreasing during the run and I have not hit the voltage compliance.
The time zero value of the current is 4.999345554042542e-08 (with a 0.05µm set point)
It drops monotonically to 4.94375063111155e-08 when I reach 99V with 100V compliance set point.

Some samples are even more dramatic.
1.97102925740468e-07 at time zero
1.6910901999006e-07 at 194V with 200V compliance
a 15% drop in current.
What is going on here? Why doesn't the system maintain set point current?

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Re: Current Source dropping during test

Post by Andrea C » October 26th, 2019, 10:27 am

Try raising your compliance limit 10% and see if the current is more steady.

Your currents are quite small and cabling could be giving you significant spurious currents. How are you connecting to the 2410?

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