Is closed loop bandwidth always greater than open loop bandwidth ? If not on what factors does it depend ? When can it be greater?
Here is the open-loop bandwidth of a certain op-amp shown in red: -
The blue line is when certain closed-loop components are applied to the op-amp.
Bandwidth is normally measured at the 3dB point of the frequency response and in the case of an op-amp (open-loop) this will be at 24Hz in the diagram.
If closed loop components were present, the gain would be reduced to (say) 20dB (blue line) but the bandwidth would increase to 1MHz.
The above example is for simple resistors "closing" the loop with negative feedback and the resulting bandwidth (3dB point) is always greater.
However, if an op-amp filter circuit was required that cut-off frequencies above 10Hz, the filter would have a bandwidth of 10Hz. In this example the closed-loop bandwidth is less than the open-loop bandwidth.
Does this help?
The question is a bit vague, but here goes.
Bandwidth is conventionally defined as the frequency at which the response of the system is reduced by 3dB (half the power) from whatever its maximum response is.
Most real devices, when operated open-loop, have a low-pass characteristic that causes their response to fall off with increasing frequency. They can have very high response at low frequencies, so their inherent bandwidth is relatively narrow.
If you use negative feedback to reduce the maximum response (closed-loop), then the frequency at which the response drops by half from that new maximum value (because of the device characteristics) is going to be higher.
So yes, for most devices, closed-loop bandwidth is greater than open-loop bandwidth.
protected by W5VO♦ May 26 '13 at 19:29
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