Variable Gain Sub Femto Ampere Transimpedance (Current) Amplifier DDPCA-300


  • 0.4 fA peak-to-peak noise
  • Transimpedance amplifier with gain from 104 to 1013 V/A
  • 240 dB dynamic range for sub-fA to mA measurements
  • Adjustable voltage on input for DUT biasing
  • Compact housing for use close to the signal source
  • Manual and remote control
Transimpedance [V/A]1041051061071081091010101110121013
Bandwidth* (-3 dB) [Hz]400400400400150150202011
Rise Time* (10 % - 90 %) [ms]
Integrated Input Noise* (Peak-Peak)7 nA7 nA70 pA70 pA1,2 pA1,2 pA50 fA50 fA2 fA2 fA
Spectral Input Noise Density
45 pA45 pA0.5 pA0.5 pA15 fA15 fA1.3 fA1.3 fA0.2 fA0.2 fA
Accuracy Performance±1 %
Adjustable Low Pass Filter3 settings: full bandwidth, 0.7 Hz and 0.1 Hz
Output±10 V, ±30 mA
Bias Voltage±10 V, max. 10 mA, connected to amplifier input, adjustable by trimpot or remote control voltage
Power Supply±15 V, +70 mA / -15 mA typ., ±150 mA recommended
Control Interface4 opto-isolated digital inputs, TTL/CMOS compatible, analog bias control voltage input
Case170 x 60 x 45 mm (L x W x H), Weight 320 g (0.74 lb.)
* The values for bandwidth, rise time and integrated input noise stated in the table above are achieved with the low pass filter set to full bandwidth. Lower peak-to-peak noise values can be achieved by setting the low pass filter to 0.7 Hz or 0.1 Hz. The minimum peak-to-peak noise of 0.4 fA is achieved in the gain settings 1012 and 1013 V/A with the low pass filter set to 0.1 Hz.

Offset adjustable by trimpot. Overload indication by LED and digital control output. Input protected against ±2 kV transients. Output short-circuit protected. Power supply via 3-pin Lemo® socket. A mating connector is provided with the device. Optional power supply PS-15 available. For further information please view the datasheet or contact FEMTO.

Sub femtoampere sensitivity

The variable gain sub femto ampere transimpedance amplifier DDPCA-300 is the latest addition to FEMTO’s broad range of low noise amplifiers. Its exceptional design achieves input noise values down to 0.2 fA/√Hz and 0.4 fA peak-to-peak. The gain can be set over a very wide range from 104 up to 1013 V/A either manually or by a remote interface. Thus, the amplifier covers a large dynamic range of more than 240 dB for the measurement of currents from sub femto amps up to milli amps by simply switching the gain range. The compact housing is optimized for use close to the signal source avoiding signal perturbations or noise pick-up due to long cables. Various filters are integrated to adapt the amplifier bandwidth to varying signal conditions. Thus, the signal to noise ratio and measurement speed can be optimized by selecting the proper filter setting for a specific application. And even in the highest gain settings the measurement speed is sufficient to measure femto amp currents in real-time without the need for external averaging or long test periods (see figure 1 below).

Low drift for stable long-term performance

At the femto ampere level drift and offset currents can easily cause measurement errors and shifting baselines. The design of the DDPCA-300 transimpedance amplifier is optimized for long-term stability and extremely low drift. The below figure shows the amplifier’s baseline drift of less than 0.5 fA measured over a period of more than 7 hours. In case of inevitable (e.g. temperature related) offsets an trimpot is provided for cancelling unwanted offset currents and for nulling of the baseline.

Device characterization by source biasing

The very high sensitivity of the DDPCA-300 can be utilized in low current applications like characterization of high resistance semiconductors (e.g. MOS or JFETs) or quantum-dot devices. An adjustable voltage is supplied directly at the amplifier input for biasing the device under test (DUT). Changing the bias voltage manually or through the remote interface in the range of ±10 V allows the characterization of the DUT for different bias voltages in spectroscopic measurements. For applications not requiring a bias voltage like photocurrent measurements or beam monitoring in particle physics the bias voltage can be easily disabled.


  • Current to voltage converter for current measurement
  • Photo and ionization detector amplifier
  • I/V characterization of MOS and JFET structures
  • DC measurement of ultra-low currents
  • Quantum and biotech experiments
  • Spectroscopy
  • High resistance measurements
  • Easy-to-use FEMTO amp add-on to existing digital voltmeter or A/D converter

Figure 1: Femto Ampere Measurements in Real-Time without Averaging

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