Constant Current / Voltage Isolated Stimulators (DS2A / DS3)

Constant Current / Voltage Isolated Stimulators (DS2A / DS3)

Many experiments in electrophysiology use a brief pulse of current as a stimulus to excite nerve or muscle fibers.

  • Minimal interference with recordings
  • No ground loops
  • DS2A 100 V maximum at up to 50 mA
  • DS3 2 µA - 32 mA from 90 Volts
  • Battery powered energy saver circuitry

Item# Description U.S. List Price Quantity
65-0329 DS2A Isolated Stimulator, Constant Voltage
65-0550 DS3 Isolated Stimulator, Constant Current Output
65-0337 D121-11 19 Inch Rack Mounting Frame, holds 2 DS2A/ DS3/DG2
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Many experiments in electrophysiology use a brief pulse of current as a stimulus to excite nerve or muscle fibers. The voltage required to send this current through tissues can vary over a wide range. In addition, to minimize artifacts in the experimental results, it is desirable that the source of this E.M.F. should be isolated both from ground and from the timing generator used to release the stimulus.

The DS2A and DS3 Constant Current / Constant Voltage Isolated Stimulators fulfill these requirements by using self contained batteries as the source of power, and optical coupling is employed to isolate the stimulator from the trigger source. Precise timing of stimulus application can be controlled by a PC or other stimulus generating device such as the DG2A Train Delay Generator. The duration of the stimulator output is adjustable over a range of 20 µs to two seconds by controls on the stimulators or is settable to be the same as the applied trigger pulse.

The DS2A has two output ranges with maximums of 9V or 99V, and the DS3 has four overlapping decade ranges providing maximums of 32 µA, 320 µA, 3.2 mA , and 32 mA. All ranges are continuously adjustable by a calibrated multi-turn output control and the polarity of the output can be reversed by a toggle switch.

Current is drawn from the batteries only when delivering an output pulse, minimizing the drain on them. The maximum current drain is 30 mA plus the load current. These instruments have nonconductive enclosures and may be mounted on a metal mounting frame without connecting the internal circuits to ground. A single shot button is provided which can be operated at all times irrespective of the trigger input.

Maximum Voltage Output (DS2A) 99 V (High), 9 V (Low) selected by front panel switch; square wave pulse shape, typical rise time <1 µsec fall time < 3 µsec into resistive load
Current Output Ranges (DS3) 2 to 32 µA, 20 to 320 µA, 0.2 to 3.2 mA and 2 to 32 mA
Output Compliance (DS3) 90 V
Amplitude Control (DS2A & DS3) Multi-turn dial provides continuous adjustment
Output Impedance (DS2A) Dependent on position of amplitude control, 1.25 K max. at center position, 200 Ω at ends of travel
Overload (DS2A) Automatic overload circuit prevents excessive output current being drawn by reducing output pulse width to less than 10 µsec when current of greater than 50 mA is detected
Pulse Width Controls (DS2A & DS3) Two dials providing continuous adjustments over range 20 µsec to 2 sec, as well as selection of input pulse width
1) 6-Position Switch for pulse widths 10 µsec, 100 µsec, 1 msec, 10 msec, 100 msec with ± 10% accuracy or equal to input pulse width
2) Multiplier continuously variable over range x2 to x20; pulse width is product of two dial settings
Trigger Requirements (DS2A & DS3) Positive pulse of min. 3 V, max. 20 V amplitude required to trigger stimulator; trigger input current varies from 7 mA to 63 mA over above voltage range; trigger pulse width should not normally be less than 10 µsec
Trigger Isolation (DS2A & DS3) Optical coupling is employed between trigger source and stimulator circuitry; capacity coupling less than 3 pF
Single Shot (DS2A & DS3) Single shot push button provided
Normal/Reverse Switch (DS2A & DS3) Normal Red output terminal positive
Reverse Red output terminal negative
Batteries Self contained batteries are used to provide isolated source of power; current is drawn only when delivering output pulse; max. current drain is 30 mA plus load current
Battery Type 11 x PP3 - (IEC-6R61) style 9V batteries
Battery Test Sockets Sockets provided on end of instrument case to allow batteries to be checked without removing
Output Terminals Two 2 mm touch proof sockets fitted to front panel for output connections
Dimensions Panel Size 190 x 110 mm (7.5 x 4.3 in)
Depth 80 mm (3.15 in) over knobs
Mounting One or two model DS2A /DS3 stimulators may be mounted in 19 inch rack using D121-11 Mounting Frame
Weight 800 g (28.2 oz) with batteries installed