I am making current measurements from a current-limited power supply. I'm currently using a 0.10 Ohm shunt with a X10 scope probe connected directly across the shunt. This connection uses the technique described by both Bob Pease and Jim Williams where the ground connection to the scope probe is bare wire wrapped around the exposed ground metal right at the front of the probe. The probe tip slips into a tiny receptacle right at the shunt.
In other words, the wire lengths between the probe and the shunt are as short as I can possibly make them.
Scope is a Tektronix THS720P. Probes are, I think, P119 Tek probes (X10 only). That said: I have lots of different Tek scope probes available for use if advisable.
The shunt is 10- 1.00 Ohm 1206-size resistors in parallel using a piece of Veroboard (stripboard). Very small, as low inductance as I know how to make it.
I have also made a similar shunt that uses 100 pieces of the same resistors for use when I can use it.
I've got two problems.
- I am losing 90% of the available signal because of the X10 probe. If I was able to use a X1 probe, I could either go to a 0.01 Ohm shunt or get better resolution on the wave forms.
The scope probe is connected right at the shunt.
- I'm getting a lot of ringing in the wave forms. Just moving wires around changes the ringing, suggesting that I have measurement technique problems.
For example, connecting the DMV connections of the Tek 720P scope causes the ringing to get worse.
I'm asking for suggestions on how to use (or fabricate) a X1 scope probe and still get good high-frequency response.
Also asking for suggestions on what to do to minimize the ringing that I am seeing.
I have an old Tek scope probe or two where the cable is in great shape but the probe body plastic is disintegrating. I can use those cables as I see fit if anyone has any suggestions.
The initial portion of the wave form is a ramp with much ringing.
Suggestions / questions were made in regard to the loop area occupied by the current-carrying conductors.
The wires are twisted pair so as to minimize loop area. Please see the photos below.
Interestingly enough: I seem to get better results when the wires are NOT twisted! The ramp is more easily recognized ant there is LESS ringing.