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Title: Precision absolute-value amplifier for a precision voltmeter

Abstract

Bipolar inputs are afforded by the plus inputs of first and second differential input amplifiers. A first gain determining resistor is connected between the minus inputs of the differential amplifiers. First and second diodes are connected between the respective minus inputs and the respective outputs of the differential amplifiers. First and second FETs have their gates connected to the outputs of the amplifiers, while their respective source and drain circuits are connected between the respective minus inputs and an output lead extending to a load resistor. The output current through the load resistor is proportional to the absolute value of the input voltage difference between the bipolar input terminals. A third differential amplifier has its plus input terminal connected to the load resistor. A second gain determining resistor is connected between the minus input of the third differential amplifier and a voltage source. A third FET has its gate connected to the output of the third amplifier. The source and drain circuit of the third transistor is connected between the minus input of the third amplifier and a voltage-frequency converter, constituting an output device. A polarity detector is also provided, comprising a pair of transistors having their inputs connected tomore » the outputs of the first and second differential amplifiers. The outputs of the polarity detector are connected to gates which switch the output of the voltage-frequency converter between up and down counting outputs.« less

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5827771
Application Number:
ON: DE83018020
Assignee:
ERA-08-054773; EDB-83-179032
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-76SF00098
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 42 ENGINEERING; AMPLIFIERS; DESIGN; VOLTMETERS; FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS; RESISTORS; SEMICONDUCTOR DIODES; ELECTRIC MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; EQUIPMENT; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; TRANSISTORS; 440300* - Miscellaneous Instruments- (-1989); 420800 - Engineering- Electronic Circuits & Devices- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Hearn, W.E., and Rondeau, D.J. Precision absolute-value amplifier for a precision voltmeter. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Hearn, W.E., & Rondeau, D.J. Precision absolute-value amplifier for a precision voltmeter. United States.
Hearn, W.E., and Rondeau, D.J. Tue . "Precision absolute-value amplifier for a precision voltmeter". United States.
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abstractNote = {Bipolar inputs are afforded by the plus inputs of first and second differential input amplifiers. A first gain determining resistor is connected between the minus inputs of the differential amplifiers. First and second diodes are connected between the respective minus inputs and the respective outputs of the differential amplifiers. First and second FETs have their gates connected to the outputs of the amplifiers, while their respective source and drain circuits are connected between the respective minus inputs and an output lead extending to a load resistor. The output current through the load resistor is proportional to the absolute value of the input voltage difference between the bipolar input terminals. A third differential amplifier has its plus input terminal connected to the load resistor. A second gain determining resistor is connected between the minus input of the third differential amplifier and a voltage source. A third FET has its gate connected to the output of the third amplifier. The source and drain circuit of the third transistor is connected between the minus input of the third amplifier and a voltage-frequency converter, constituting an output device. A polarity detector is also provided, comprising a pair of transistors having their inputs connected to the outputs of the first and second differential amplifiers. The outputs of the polarity detector are connected to gates which switch the output of the voltage-frequency converter between up and down counting outputs.},
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year = {1982},
month = {10}
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