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Capacitance is the ability of a body to store an electrical charge

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What does worst-case gate capacitance mean in a MOS transistor?

I have searched the statement; MOS worst-case gate capacitance in various forms but no avail. Keep in mind I'm a student. The course I am taking has no reference material. With note slides with ...
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The Behaviour of Capacitors’ Plates

Recently I have learned about the behaviours of capacitors are as follows: When connected to a voltage source the voltage on the the plate on the positive side begins to rise slowly until it reaches ...
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Light dimmer with capacitor [on hold]

I have a capacitor in series after a light dimmer. How could I calculate the voltage and current through the capacitor? simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab
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How do I measure material specific(volumentric) capacitance

I'd like to test electric capacitance of different powders pressed into solids. I want to know if my procedure is correct. First I connect a wire between the material and a ground (ex. radiator) to ...
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Cable for remote capacitance measurement

I have an application, where I want to detect proximity of conductive materials (including humans). The idea is that I have a series of conductive sense strips and I measure capacitance between each ...
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MOSFET as a Capacitor in IC

I was reading in a book that it is often possible to realize a certain capacitance in Integrated Circuits by exploiting the Gate Capacitance of a MOSFET. I read that the main disadvantage of this ...
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How is the lever position read?

I am servicing a truck rig. This is the system that reads the "turn light switch" and "windscreen wiper switch". I would like to understand how the image plate 1 reads each position of the levers. On ...
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Maximum capacitive loading for DC-DC converter - how to calculate?

Following this answer I looked into the datasheet of the OKI-78SR-5/1.5-W36-C and see the following: In general the requirement is clear for me: resistance at the start event must not be too low for ...
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MEMS Oscillator not running, why?

For the latest iteration of my prototype, I replaced a quartz oscillator with (what I thought would be) a drop-in MEMS replacement: the DSC6013CI2A-033.0000. It is suppling a 33 MHz clock to a TLC5955 ...
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Snubber capacitor Voltage rating

I am designing a switching circuit for celing fan (max 80W/230VAC). This is basically relay based switching. I planned to add snubber circuit to reduce the back emf. I got a resistor value of 100&...
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AC coupled sinewave

How can I see in this picture that the signals are AC coupled? Does not AC coupled means that the DC offset is 0 and the sine is centered to the origin? Both signals have an offset from what I can ...
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Measuring Cov, Cdb of MOSFET

I am working through problem 1.27 of the book, Analog Circuit design where I am trying to measure Cov, and Cdb, as shown: http://analogicdesign.com/students/netlists-models/chapter-1-netlists/problem-...
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What is conductor to conductor to shield capacitance?

I am using 6.5 ft (2 meters) BELDEN 9154 shielded twisted pair cable for a sub 1 MHz application and I wanted to make a model of the cable for some simulations. The datasheet of the cable lists two ...
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Capacitor Selection for high voltage

I have a circuit which has about 10 kilovolts input and I want to store that voltage on a capacitor. I calculated and drew the circuit but I am now using an 18 nano farad capacitor at the end. I ...
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Parallel Capacitors with different voltages

Let's consider a capacitor precharged to 5V. Now immagine to put it in parallel with a capacitor which has no charge. What does it happen? They reach a voltage in the middle? Does it depend on their ...
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Pass Transistor: discharging of the capacitance

let's consider this pass transistor logic: Let's assume that the MOSFET is always active (CK = high for a N-MOSFET). Now, immagine that at the beginning Vin = 10V and Vx = 0: the capacitance Cx will ...
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Collector-Base capacitance in simple FM transmitter

Here is a schematic of a simple FM transmitter. I understand that this work in the following way: the sound picked up by the mic is translated into a voltage at the base of the Q1 transistor. As the ...
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Cap touch measurement using digital pin?

I have previously used dedicated touch pins and connected them across an electrode and been able to easily detect touch. Usually in such a case one wire directly from the pad to the dedicated touch ...
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RC circuit intuition

How to intuitively guess the output waveform of a rc differentiator to a ramp input? I know it will be a constant value if RC is very small but that's from calculation. How can I intuitively guess it? ...
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Capacitors with a “/” on schematic

I'm looking at a schematic for an old turntable that I am needing help on when viewing the capacitor values. All of the polarized caps will have 2 values written next to symbol i.e. ...
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How to run electricity through metal wire to (safely) act as a stylus?

I’m trying to make a robotic arm draw a lowercase ‘i’ on my iPhone’s drawing app without lifting the stylus. The robot arm bit is another story, my current focus is trying to make a stylus out of a ...
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Is diode reverse recovery time related to diode capacitance?

The title. Is there some relationship between the two parameters? For example, fast diode recovery time indicates low capacitance, or even farther, can one be calculated from the other? Thank you in ...
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Opamp isolation resistor calculations for a capacitive load

I want to add a capacitive filter for pulse shaping to the output of a transimpedance amplifier using an OPA847. Without the filter, the amplifier works great. With the filter, I get some ...
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Test circuits for testing input and output capacitance of an NMOS spice model?

As the title states, I'm having trouble finding resources online for confirming the capacitances of an N-MOS spice model. If there are any resources someone could point me to to learn more or test ...
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Is it a mistake in AD725 and other datasheets?

During my research of the RGB video and encoders I see two ways chip manufacturers/circuit designers treating the outputs (several examples below): AD725 (Analog devices): capacitor then resistor ...
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How large can capacitive sensors be if made of tin foil? [closed]

Based on a similar version of this: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-3D-Controller/ What are the limits to the size I can make this foil area? And the larger I make it, what does the area need? ...
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How to reduce noise for arduino capacitive sensing

I have an artistically-painted 5mm-thick wood panel that I want to use as a light switch without alteration to the image. My solution was to (try to) make a specific region on the panel touch-...
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Load capacitance of the crystal: what is the practical difference between devices?

There's a lot of info and guides on how to select and calculate load capacitors for the parallel resonant circuits. They all assume that people do already possess crystal, and know its CL. That CL ...
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Mutual capacitance sensor behaviour

In a typical mutual capacitance touch sensor when finger approaches sensor it draws electrical field in effect decreasing the capacitance of the sensor (which is described here and here, for example). ...
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How to find the right smoothing capacitor for rectification circuit

I am creating a power supply which will need to convert the 24vac to 5vdc. I am thinking of using a rectifier to convert ac to dc, then a capacitor to smooth out the voltage, then an LM2596-5 to drop ...
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Ultracapacitor, capacitance higher than rated?

Broadening my knowledge and experience about ultracapacitors I've made a test bench that was described in here. I've used an IEC methodology to calculate the capacitance: $$ C = (I_d*t_d) / (\Delta U) ...
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Advice on getting a stable analog reading of capacitance

I would like to detect the presence of a person's hand in a project. I am aware that one can use a capacitive touch system to do this. I have used a TTP223 module in the past and this works great ...
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Choosing a capacitor capacitance for a quartz resonator (ATMEGA328P)

I am designing a controller based on an ATMEGA328P-AU chip. For the chip, I provided an external crystal oscillator at a frequency of 16MHz. As a resonator I use YSX321SL His description refers to ...
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choosing crystal when tracks are very close together

This is a circuit I am having trouble with. I made 20 units with the exact same setup. Three units with this setup managed to work with 33pF ceramic caps with 20% tolerance and a crystal from Ebay. ...
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What type of capacitor should last longest in an led driver / dimmer?

I have several LED light panels and after about 3 years, they are beginning to flicker and go out. About half of them within a few months of each other. They are 15w panels and the drivers are also ...
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How to calculate stray capacitance on PCB

I use a 0.4mm spacing between PCB traces (including 0.4mm space between crystal pads and ground) and I believe that's causing stray capacitance. My circuit board is typical (1 ounce copper on FR4 ...
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How I can simply measure interwinding capacitance in a transformer with electrostatic shield

I want to measure which is the effect of the connection of the electrostatic shield (between primary and secondary) to ground (or to neutral) in reducing the interwinding capacitance in my transformer....
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Failed to plot junction capacitance versus reverse voltage in LTspice

The 1N4001 diode's junction capacitance versus reverse voltage plot is given as follows: I guess to measure this capacitance they applied 1MHz 50mV pk-pk sine wave signal as reverse biased and varied ...
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Capacitor value denoting

Hello I'm trying to understand the value in microfarads of capacitor labelled, C791 103(2) And how to calculate if the SI unit is not given thanks.. diagram below One more question if you don't mind ...
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Capacitance to useful signal conversion

Working on a project, where we need to measure the change in capacitance(capacitance change roughly from 0.5 pF at the start, to 20 pF at the end of the measurement). On the variable cap, only the ...
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Eigenfrequency of a toroidal resonator

All units are in the SI I'm doing my task from vacuum electronics - for the given klystron with a toroidal resonator[ Resonator: I have to find the $h$ parameter, that will satisfy given ...
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Hover Stylus for capacitive touchscreen [duplicate]

Capacitive touchscreens are designed to react to the capacitance of a human body. To my understanding the touchscreen is measuring local distortions of the electric field. Is there a way to influence ...
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what does Loss Tangent means in capacitor?

As we know the definition of Loss Tangent in capacitor which it is: When a sinusoidal alternating voltage is applied to an ideal capacitor, the current advances by pi/2 in phase. In the case of a ...
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How capacitance of human skin varies with frequency?

I want to know the variation of the capacitance of human skin as frequency is increased. Also how it affects the impedance of the skin?
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Moving a capacitor in a time varying or non-time varying magnetic field?

1) If a simple parallel plate capacitor connected to a circuit, and discharging, were to move in an exterior magnetic field, what would happen to the interior region? Interior region components: ...
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Soil Moisture Sensor Design

I am working on the development of a low-cost capacitive soil moisture sensor which uses dielectric permittivity changes to estimate moisture. I want to use FDC2214 for Cap to Digital Conversation. ...
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Questions about capacitive sensing

I'm trying to use the FDC1004 capacitance-to-digital and I have a few questions: Why do we (our fingers or another part of our body) act as the other conductive plate - don't we have a very large ...
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Powering phone using LDO regulator on battery terminals - what reservoir cap to use?

I have rigged up an old phone that does not run without a battery by attaching an AMS1117 regulator to the battery terminals. The regular is fed from +5V USB, and outputs 3.3V. The regulator comes on ...
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Using only stray capacitance for MCU oscillator circuits

I've included a diagram of typical Pierce oscillator circuit taken from ST Application Note AN2867: The note suggests that C_L1 and C_L2 should be chosen such that the following equation holds: ...
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Can I add output capacitance to a dc/dc boost converter to help with current spikes?

I have been playing around with achieving better power in my 30-year old RV. I want to create both AC and DC systems to provide power. This has essentially 3 routes from my battery to device: Samlex ...