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Introduction
Earlier we looked at the bandwidth and frequency
response of amplifiers
Having now looked at the AC behaviour of
components we can consider these in more detail
The reactance of both inductors and capacitance is
frequency dependent and we know that
17.1
C
X
L X
C
L
e
e
1
=
=
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We will start by considering very simple circuits
Consider the potential divider shown here
from our earlier consideration of the
circuit

rearranging, the gain of the circuit is

this is also called the
transfer function of the circuit
2 1
2
Z Z
Z
+
=
i o
v v
2 1
2
Z Z
Z
+
=
i
o
v
v
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A High-Pass RC Network
Consider the following circuit
which is shown re-drawn in a more usual form
17.2
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Clearly the transfer function is

At high frequencies
e is large, voltage gain ~ 1
At low frequencies
e is small, voltage gain 0
CR C
R
R
v
v
i
o
e e
1
j 1
1
1
j
=

=
+
=
C R
R
Z Z
Z
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Since the denominator has
real and imaginary parts, the
magnitude of the voltage gain is

When 1/eCR = 1

This is a halving of power, or a fall in gain of 3 dB
2
2
1
1
1
gain Voltage
|
.
|

\
|
+
=
CR e
707 . 0
2
1
1 1
1
gain Voltage = =
+
=
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The half power point is the cut-off frequency of the
circuit
the angular frequency e
C
at which this occurs is given by

where T is the time constant of the CR network. Also
1 1
T
= =
CR
c
e
1
1
=
CR
c
e
Hz
2
1
2 CR
f
c
c
t t
e
= =
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Substituting e =2tf and CR = 1/ 2tf
C
in the earlier
equation gives

This is the general form of the gain of the circuit
It is clear that both the magnitude of the gain and the
phase angle vary with frequency
f
f
f
f
CR
v
v
c
c
i
o
j 1
1
2
1
) 2 (
1
j 1
1
1
j 1
1

=
|
|
.
|

\
|

=
t
t
e
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Consider the behaviour of the circuit at different
frequencies:
When f >> f
c
f
c
/f << 1, the voltage gain ~ 1

When f = f
c

When f << f
c

( )
j 5 . 0 5 . 0
2
) j 1 (
) j 1 ( j 1
) j 1 ( 1

j 1
1
j 1
1
+ =
+
=
+
+
=

=
f
f
v
v
c
i
o
j
j
1
j 1
1
c
c c
i
o
f
f
f
f
f
f
v
v
=

=
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A Low-Pass RC Network
17.3
Transposing the C and R gives

At high frequencies
e is large, voltage gain 0
At low frequencies
e is small, voltage gain ~ 1
CR
C
R
C
v
v
i
o
e
e
e
j 1
1
1
j
1
j
+
=

=
+
=
C R
C
Z Z
Z
Storey: Electrical & Electronic Systems Pearson Education Limited 2004 OHT 17.#
A Low-Pass RC Network
17.3
A similar analysis to before
gives

Therefore when, when eCR = 1

Which is the cut-off frequency
( )
2
1
1
gain Voltage
CR e +
=
707 . 0
2
1
1 1
1
gain Voltage = =
+
=
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Therefore
the angular frequency e
C
at which this occurs is given by

where T is the time constant of the CR network, and as
before
1 1
T
= =
CR
c
e
1 = CR
c
e
Hz
2
1
2 CR
f
c
c
t t
e
= =
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Substituting e =2tf and CR = 1/ 2tf
C
in the earlier
equation gives

This is similar, but not the same, as the transfer
function for the high-pass network
c c
i
o
f
f
CR v
v
j 1
1
j 1
1
j 1
1
+
=
+
=
+
=
e
e
e
Storey: Electrical & Electronic Systems Pearson Education Limited 2004 OHT 17.#
Consider the behaviour of this circuit at different
frequencies:
When f << f
c
f/f
c
<< 1, the voltage gain ~ 1

When f = f
c

When f >> f
c

( )( )
( )
( )
j 5 . 0 5 . 0
2
j 1
j 1
j 1 j 1
j 1
1
+ =

=
+
+
=
+
=
c
i
o
f
f
v
v
j
j
1
j 1
1
f
f
f
f
f
f
v
v
c
c c
i
o
= ~
+
=
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A Low-Pass RL Network
Low-pass networks can also
be produced using RL circuits
these behave similarly to the
corresponding CR circuit
the voltage gain is

the cut-off frequency is
17.4
R
L
L R
R
v
v
i
o
e
e
j 1
1
j
+
=
+
=
+
=
L R
R
Z Z
Z
1
T
= =
L
R
c
e Hz
2 2 L
R
f
c
c
t t
e
= =
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A High-Pass RL Network
High-pass networks can also
be produced using RL circuits
these behave similarly to the
corresponding CR circuit
the voltage gain is

the cut-off frequency is

17.5
L
R
L
R
L R
L
v
v
i
o
e e
e
e
j 1
1
j
1
1
j
j

=
+
=
+
=
+
=
L R
L
Z Z
Z
1
T
= =
L
R
c
e Hz
2 2 L
R
f
c
c
t t
e
= =
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A Comparison of RC and RL Networks
Circuits using RC and RL
techniques have similar
characteristics
for a more detailed
comparison, see
Figure 17.10 in the
course text
17.6
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RLC Circuits and Resonance
Series RLC circuits
the impedance is given by

if the magnitude of the reactance
of the inductor and capacitor are
equal, the imaginary part is zero,
and the impedance is simply R
this occurs when
17.9
)
1
( j
j
1
j
C
L R
C
L R
e
e
e
e + = + + = Z
C
L
e
e
1
=
LC
1
2
= e
LC
1
= e
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This situation is referred to as resonance
the frequency at which is occurs is the
resonant frequency

in the series resonant
circuit, the impedance is
at a minimum at resonance
the current is at a maximum
at resonance
LC
o
1
= e
LC
f
o
t 2
1
=
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The resonant effect can be quantified by the
quality factor, Q
this is the ratio of the energy dissipated to the energy
stored in each cycle
it can be shown that

and
R
X
R
X
Q
C L
= = factor Quality
|
.
|

\
|
=
C
L
R
Q
1