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AC Amplification

As discussed before, the voltage a circuit receives from a source depends on its input impedance $R_{in}$ as well as the internal impedance $R_S$ of the source, while the voltage it delivers depends on its output impedance $R_{out}$ as well as the load impedance $R_L$. It is therefore important to consider these input and output impedances of an amplification circuit as well as its voltage gain.

AmplifierSourceLoad.gif

Here everything inside the red box, including the amplifier as well as $V_S$ and $R_S$, is treated as the source, while everything inside the blue box, including the amplifier as well as $R_L$, is treated as the load. Given the amplifier as well as the source $V_S$ and $R_S$, and the load $R_L$, we need to find

Consider the typical transistor AC amplification circuit below:

ACamplification1.gif

If the capacitances of the coupling capacitors and the emitter by-pass capacitor are large enough with respect to the frequency of the AC signal in the circuit is high enough, these capacitors can all be approximated as short circuit. Moreover, note that the AC voltage of the voltage supply $V_{CC}$ is zero, it can be treated the same as the ground. Now the AC behavior of the transistor amplification circuit can be modeled by the following small signal equivalent circuit:

ACamplification2a.gif

ACamplifierModel.gif

As shown above, this AC small signal equivalent circuit can be modeled by as an active circuit containing three components:

Example 1:

DCACloadlineEx.gif

Here $V_{CC}=12V$, $R_B=300 k\Omega$, $R_C=R_L=4 k\Omega$ ($R_S=0$), and the capacitances are large enough so that they can be considered as short circuit for the AC signals. Assume $\beta=40$.

DCACloadline.gif transistorBJTexample1c.gif

The circuit above can also be analyzed using the small-signal model.

DCACloadlineExModel.gif

Same as before, $r_{be}=1  k\Omega$, and we have the following DC variables:

\begin{displaymath}
I_B=(V_{CC}-V_{BE})/R_B \approx V_{CC}/R_B=40 \;\mu A
\end{displaymath}


\begin{displaymath}
I_C=\beta\;I_B=40\times 40\;\mu A=1.6\;mA
\end{displaymath}


\begin{displaymath}
V_{CE}=V_{CC}-R_C I_C=12-1.6\times 4=5.6\;V
\end{displaymath}

The AC variables:

\begin{displaymath}
i_b=v_{in}/r_{be}, \;\;\;\;v_c=-i_c\; R_C\vert\vert R_L=-\beta\; i_b\; R'_L
\end{displaymath}

The voltage gain is:

\begin{displaymath}
A_v=\frac{v_c}{v_{in}}=-\frac{\beta\; i_b\;R'_L}{r_{be} i_b...
... R'_L}{r_{be}}=-\frac{(40\times 2)\;k\Omega}{1\;k\Omega}=-80
\end{displaymath}

The input resistance is $R_{in}=R_B\vert\vert r_{be}\approx r_{be}=1 k\Omega$, the output resistance is $R_{out}=R_C=4\;k\Omega$.


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Ruye Wang 2014-12-03