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Help Needed On Feedback

  1. Jan 26, 2005 #1
    Hey guys,

    I am currently solving a problem involving shunt series-series feedback. So far this is what I can say about the circuit:

    - Series mixing is feedback combined with source
    - Negative voltage feedback samples output voltage
    - Series voltage feedback stabilises close loop gain and should be used to get precise voltage gain
    - Negative feedback has disadvantage of reducing gain of amp but can be overcome by extra stages of amplifier
    - Advantages are stabilises gain, reduction in nonlinear distortion, reduction in noise and also controls input and output impedance
    - Unwanted noise coming from power supply, coupling of signals from other circuits, feedback can only reduce thermal and shot noises
    - In voltage feedback input terminals of the feedback network are in parralel with the load and output voltage appears at the input terminal of feedback
    - A way to test for voltage feedback is to see if signal vanishes as short circuit
    - As series voltage feedback stabilises close loop voltage gain it is good for designing amplifiers with precise voltage gainse
    - Negative feedback factor is larger than unity therefore negative series feedback increases input impedance
    - Negative voltage feedback reduces output impedance

    Can anyone else help me out, what else can I add and say about this feedback network?

    The link to the problem is as follows:


    Please help!!!

  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 28, 2005 #2
    extra and important point

    In many circuit applications feedback is used to help fix input and output impedances . Typically shunt will reduce the impedance to low values , so that an external but well defined resistor then defines the (say ) input impedance.
    Series does the opposite
    . It is possible to use a combination to define an accurate matching impedance (say 50 ohms) without ever using a 50 ohm resistor and hence gain a noise advantage.
    One of the most important uses is to linearise a circuit -- most transistor circuits are inherently non-linear ( not all) -- the transfer funtion io/vi
    is partly diode characteristic dependant ( exponential ) but also beta dependant ( i.e. transfer efficiency ) , so that for linear applications ( Audio amplifiers , or instrumentation ) you must use feedback to overcome this.
    The limitations of these techniques is that unless carefully designed they can oscillate , to avoid this the internal amplifier is usually rolled off in gain at a 6db/octave rate -- Opamps are a good example where a single capacitor dominates the roll off .
    This has the effect of reducing the amount of feedback with frequency
    so severly limits the 'useful' range where the feedback is effective.
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