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I'm relatively new to electronics. I've seen a few circuits online, I just wanted to check that this schematic I drawn would work.

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The purpose of the photodiode will hopefully be to read a modulated LED signal. Is the choice of Op-Amp suitable to the job?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the modulation signal? What is the LED? \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Apr 8 at 14:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Andyaka I'm hoping to use DMX theatre light as I have a few fixtures. The modulation would be a simple 'HIGH'/ 'LOW' through the use of port registers to increase the frequency. \$\endgroup\$ – DaveS Apr 8 at 14:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Aside, DMX is likely 250kbit/s. \$\endgroup\$ – rdtsc Apr 8 at 14:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why is your Vdd and Vss reversed? \$\endgroup\$ – Gab Apr 8 at 14:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Gab I'm not entirely sure why , that's just how the component places itself in multisim. I'll look into swapping them around . \$\endgroup\$ – DaveS Apr 8 at 16:14
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If this is true: -

DMX is likely 250kbit/s (courtesy of @rdtsc)

Then the op-amp is wholly unsuited for that data rate: -

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250 kbits per second requires a bandwidth of 250 kHz in order to get any reasonable clarity for the bit edges and, given that the op-amp proposed has a unity gain bandwidth of 14 kHz, it is highly unlikely to be suitable.

Additionally, if the data rate is 250 kbits per second then the RC feedback network is also a showstopper as it has a 3 dB frequency of 1600 Hz.

However, if it comes to pass that the data rate is below 1.6 kbits per second then both op-amp and feedback network should be OK.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @ Andyaka , Thanks for the information . I've just looked and found that it is 250 kbits. I need to reevaluate the components or would you suggest using the DMX is not possible? \$\endgroup\$ – DaveS Apr 8 at 14:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ The BPW34 is well-suited but not the op-amp. You need to be looking for an op-amp with a gain-bandwidth-product of around 10 MHz and, your feedback resistor needs to be significantly lower such as 22 kohm in parallel with 10 to 22 pF. If you must run from 5 volts and 0 volts then look for an op-amp that has rail-to-rail inputs and outputs. \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Apr 8 at 14:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've been looking on RS components and found this op-amp MCP6291- docs.rs-online.com/972d/0900766b813813ff.pdf. \$\endgroup\$ – DaveS Apr 8 at 15:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, that looks more suitable and fig 4.9 shows it being used as a PD amplifier. \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Apr 8 at 15:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ I did notice that the supply voltage 2.4 - 6v ? I couldn't seem to find one with a 0 - 5v , unless I went with a dual supply voltage instead \$\endgroup\$ – DaveS Apr 8 at 15:55
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The Analog Devices transimpedance amplifier design wizard may be very helpful here:

https://tools.analog.com/en/photodiode/

Note that it has your photodiode built in as one of the examples so it is very simple to try out.

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