For over a half century, the lock-in amplifier has been the instrument of choice for measuring small AC signals in the presence of noise. Early instruments were designed with analog electronics, multi-gang mechanical switches, needle indicators, etc., and measurements were often monitored with chart recorders. Microprocessor based designs emerged in the 1980s, and by the early 1990s even the lock-in’s analog demodulators were replaced by high-resolution ADCs and digital signal processors (DSP). Remote computer control, digital readouts and user-friendly front panels all resulted.
The capabilities of the modern DSP lock-in amplifier in stability, dynamic reserve, and flexibility were revolutionary, making it a mainstay for researchers and engineers across multiple fields. But in moving forward, something was left behind. For a core group of users, including low-temperature researchers in particular, the new instruments became a potential source of high-frequency interference. This is best reflected in the persistence of one instrument — the PAR124A — still actively used by many researchers decades after discontinuation by its long-gone manufacturer.
Back to Analog - Ideal for closed loop servo (no delay)
Recognizing that one size shouldn’t have to fit all, SRS is proud to introduce the SR124 Analog Lock-In Amplifier. Inspired by the best of an earlier generation’s lock-ins, but availing itself of today’s low-noise analog components and design methodologies, the SR124 is an uncompromising tour de force in low-noise, high-performance analog instrumentation.
Low noise, all analog design
No digital interference
0.2 Hz to 200 kHz measurement range
Low noise current and voltage inputs
Harmonic detection (f, 2f, or 3f)
Selectable input filtering
Datasheet (2 Mo)