Teardown, Repair and Experiments of an Agilent 86120B Multi-Wavelength Meter

In this episode Shahriar repairs an Agilent 86120B Multi-Wavelength Meter. The instrument reports “E14 Data Acquisition Problem” which corresponds to a potential internal HeNe reference laser failure. After the instrument disassembly, the old HeNe laser is removed and its optical power is compared to that of a new laser. The measurements confirm that the old laser has significantly deteriorated in output light intensity. The new laser is fitted inside the unit and the error message is eliminated. The free-space optic portion of the instrument is revealed and the principle operation is reviewed. Various components of the Michelson Interferometer is examined.

To test the correct operation of the instrument, a single tone semiconductor laser is applied to the unit and the result is compared to a different wavelength meter. The concept behind the operation of a Fabry-Perot laser is also presented before the signal is applied to the wavelength meter.

 

One comment

  1. Paul Hamilton says:

    Thank you for sharing again. Very interesting material. I am not sure where you source your broken equipment from, but it always looks well cared for. The items I find look like they are 20 years old and have been stored in a dumpster 8). cheers Paul

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