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An ultra-low noise, high-voltage piezo driver



Neal C. Pisenti, Alessandro Restelli, Ben J. Reschovsky, Daniel Barker, Gretchen K. Campbell


We present an ultra-low noise, high-voltage driver suited for use with piezoelectric actuators and other low- current applications. The architecture uses a flyback switching regulator to generate up to 250V in our current design, with an output of 1 kV or more possible with small modifications. A high slew-rate op-amp suppresses the residual switching noise, yielding a total RMS noise of ≈ 100 V (1 Hz-100 kHz). A low-voltage (±10 V), high bandwidth signal can be summed with unity gain directly onto the output, making the driver well-suited for closed-loop feedback applications. Digital control enables both repeatable setpoints and sophisticated control logic, and the circuit consumes less than 150mA at +/-15 V
Review of Scientific Instruments


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Pisenti, N. , Restelli, A. , Reschovsky, B. , Barker, D. and Campbell, G. (2016), An ultra-low noise, high-voltage piezo driver, Review of Scientific Instruments (Accessed December 7, 2023)
Created December 7, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021