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Signal with AC and DC how to amplify only AC?

  1. Mar 3, 2008 #1
    Hi, I have a sine-wave that has an AC component (that's very small -- mV range) and a DC offset (few volts). Can someone point me in the right direction as far as amplifying only the AC component?

    Also, does anyone know an alternative to PSpice Student... I get max'd out at 64 nodes, so I can't any simulation if I exceed that value. Thanks.
     
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  3. Mar 3, 2008 #2
    filter out the dc component. Take the AC/DC go through a high pass filter (either RC,LC,op-amp depending on cutoff). These will remove the Dc offset.
    Then a rail-rail op-amp to amplify the AC signal. Use a low noise amplifier like a JFET.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2008 #3

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    Yeah, just AC couple the signal into your opamp circuit through a capacitor. Choose the capacitor value to put the HPF pole (the C in combination with the equivalent input R of the opamp circuit) a couple octaves below the AC component's frequency.
     
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