Carousel Commutator

The Carousel Commutator is ideal for experiments in which optogenetic stimulation is performed simultaneously with neural recording using digital headstages.

The Carousel Commutator has a light-weight, low-torque, passive design that supports optogenetic experiments requiring one or two LEDs with animals as small as mice.

This commutator can accommodate up to two digital headstages, yielding up to 64 channels of neural recording with any combination of 8, 16, or 32 channel digital headstages.

This is the commutator to choose if using combining optogentics with a:

  • OmniPlex® System utilizing Digital Headstage Processor (DHP)

The table below provides many of the most commonly requested specifications.

 

Features PlexBright Dual
LED Commutator
PlexBright Dual LED + 16 Channel Commutator Carousel Commutator Motorized Carousel Commutator Dual LED + Fluid Swivel Commutator Remarks
Optical Channels 2 2 2 2 2 (Head-Mounted LED)
Plexon data acquisition system compatibility None
– OmniPlex® D System utilizing either a DigiAmp™ or MiniDigi™ digitizing amplifier,
– OmniPlex System utilizing an analog amplifier, or
– MAP System
– OmniPlex System utilizing a Digital Headstage Processor (DHP) – OmniPlex System utilizing a Digital Headstage Processor (DHP) – OmniPlex System utilizing a Digital Headstage Processor (DHP)
Headstage compatibility n/a 1 analog Up to 2 digital Up to 4 digital n/a
Electrical channels n/a 16 Depends on channels per headstage (up to 64 channels with any combination of 16 or 32 channel headstages) n/a
Total lines 4 25 20 40 1 fluid
LED module compatibility PlexBright Compact PlexBright Compact PlexBright Compact PlexBright Compact PlexBright Head-Mounted
LED module attachment base Magnetic Magnetic Magnetic Magnetic 2 Pin electrical connector The newer magnetic attachment bases replace the previous screw-attachment bases.
Number of mountable LEDs 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 or 2 1 or 2 Mixed-mode commutators can be used for nerual recording only, not requiring the simultaneous use of LED modules.
LED control signal lines 2 pairs 2 pairs 2 pairs 2 pairs 2 pairs Using a PlexBright Series-Y BNC cable, both mounted PlexBright LED Modules can be simultaneously controlled with the same control signal as for bilateral experiments.
Maximum current per LED channel 1.0A 1.0A 1.0A 1.0A 0.3A
Actuation mechanism Passive Passive Passive Motorized torque arm Passive A light-weight, low torque design allows for passively driven rotation even with small animals.
Input connectors from LED controller/driver 2 BNC connectors 2 BNC connectors 2 BNC connectors 2 BNC connectors 2 BNC connector tethers Input power/control signals from the PlexBright 4 Channel Optogenetic Controller or PlexBright LD-1 Single Channel LED Driver.
Output connectors to LED Two-pin socket connector Two-pin socket connector Two-pin socket connector Two-pin socket connector Two-pin socket connector Mates with the two-pin connector on PlexBright Compact LED Modules.
Electrical channel input connector n/a Harwin connector Harwin connector Harwin connector n/a
Commutator dimensions (W x H x D) 76.2 x 50.8 x 50.6mm
(3.0 x 2.0 x 2.5 inches)
101.6 x 114.3 x 76.2mm
(4.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 inches)
101.6 x 114.3 x 76.2mm
(4.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 inches)
180 x 280 x 127mm
(7.1 x 11.0 x 5.0 inches)
63.5 x 53.3 x 63.5mm
(2.5 x 2.1 x 2.5 inches)
Height below mounting plate 20.3mm
(0.8 inches)
50mm
(2.0 inches)
31mm
(1.22 inches)
203mm
(8.0 inches)
17.8mm
0.7 inches
OD below mounting plate 63.5mm diameter
(2.5 inches)
Recommended cut-out
63.5mm diameter
(2.5 inches)
Recommended cut-out
76.2mm diameter
(3.0 inches)
Recommended cut-out
114mm diameter
(4.5 inches)
Recommended cut-out
44.5mm diameter
(1.75 inches)
Recommended cut-out
Commutator weight 0.14kg
(0.3lbs)
0.35kg
(0.8lbs)
0.35kg
(0.8lbs)
2.2kg
(5lbs)
.0.04kg
(0.09lbs)
Accessories PlexBright Series-Y BNC Cable PlexBright Series-Y BNC Cable PlexBright Series-Y BNC Cable PlexBright Series-Y BNC Cable Clip onTorque Arm The PlexBright Series-Y BNC Cable enables the simultaneous operation of two PlexBright LED Modules from a single channel in which identical parameters are desired for both modules.

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