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Junction Field Effect Transistor - A transistor whose channel is modulated by the application of an electric field that is the depletion region of a reversed biased diode that forms the gate electrode. Characteristic features of the device are low noise and low gate capacitance.

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Is the answer to this JFET amplifier excercise right?

The problem is the following: *TYU 4.14 For the circuit shown in Figure 4.59, the transistor parameters are: IDSS = 6 mA, |VP| = 2 V, and λ = 0. (a) Calculate the quiescent drain current and drain-to-...
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What is the advantage of gate resistor (R3) in this JFET voltage divider biasing circuit?

I've been studying and building JFET circuits to serve as a high-impedance input to a DIY guitar amp. In my research on voltage divider biasing, I've come across a circuit in Nuts & Volts Magazine ...
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Replacement for low resistance JFET current limiter?

A classic way to protect opamps from excessive input current and still preserve a low source resistance (for noise reasons) is to use dual JFETs in combination with rail-clamps internal to the op-amp. ...
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How can I measure CR2032 RTC battery voltage in a microprocessor system?

I need a reliable low battery early warning system. I'm using Epson RX8900SA RTC and CR2032 battery. I want to measure battery voltage (probably every 24 hour or more). How can I do this without ...
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How to determine drain and source resistor values for common source JFET?

I am designing a simple common source JFET circuit as the front end to a guitar amplifier. It looks like this: I arrived at the RD and RS values experimentally. I would prefer to determine them using ...
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Design of a Frequency Mixer

I am quite new to this subject. I want to design a frequency mixer to mix a carrier frequency of 100 MHz with a 20 kHz signal. I found the attached circuit. It seems quite a simple circuit to multiply ...
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JFET question about operation

I have a question about the N-JFET.Assume it operates at the linear region and it acts like a voltage controlled resistor. Can we say that if Vdg(drain-gate voltage) is increased then the resistance ...
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Reason behind the naming convention for the non-gate terminals of JFETs?

Why, for an N-channel JFET, is the source terminal defined by convention as the non-gate terminal with the lowest voltage? Why does this convention swap for P-channel?
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n-channel JFET: importance of gate drain voltage (Vgd) and validity of negative drain source voltage (Vds)

We always consider the gate source voltage as this determines the Vgs,off. But how come the Vgd doesn't have the same effect? Following from this (and more importantly) why can't we have a negative ...
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Polarity issue in JFET transistor

I'm wondering what determines the polarity conditions in a JFET - is it that this transistor can only operate when the p-n junction is in reverse biased polarization? If so, what about the states of ...
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Using an NPN transistor as a signal switch

I'm using this NPN switch to turn on and off a clean guitar signal (as part of a much bigger circuit not seen.) The base is connected to the switch, which gives the base 9V through a 1 megaohm ...
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Amplitude modulation with JFET

I have found a circuit that does AM modulation with a JFET transistor(2N5485.) I modified it slightly and ended up with the circuit below. A sample output is also given. I used Microcap 12 for the ...
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JFET circuit analysis

Below is the circuit in question: Below is my attempt, however, I feel there is something wrong because the value of Rd is not fixed.
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Can we short JFET source and gate junctions as shown in the circuit?

Is the below circuit accurate? The way the circuit is drawn in the question it looks like the source current is entering the gate, which is not possible since ig = 0 (excluding very low leakage). ...
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JFET series switch

The picture shows a series JFET switch. Is r_d itself the load or does the load have to be attached at the port v_out? If the second one is true then what is the purpose of r_d? Can't we replace r_d ...
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A JFET based light sensor

I am working on a LDR based JFET project which would turn on automatically when it is sufficiently dark. Accordingly, I have designed this circuit. Is this practical? Also when the LDR value reaches ...
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JFET biasing question

as we all know in order to work the JFET correctly, we need to have a Voltage across R_s which should be greater than the voltage across R_2. now I can make the voltage across R_s of my choice by ...
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JFET self biasing

I'm learning JFET self biasing. what I've understood so far is the resistor R_s is used to create a bias voltage as shown. since no gate current flows that means no current in R_G so the potential of ...
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What makes some commercial JFETs asymmetric?

In a MOSFET, the obvious cause of asymmetry is the fact that the source is tied to the body. But in a JFET, no such obvious answer exists, as the body, gate, and drain are all the same piece of ...
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JFET as an amplifier

I'm working on this circuit below: What is the functionality of R2 here? Stabilizing the input voltage? (If it was, it would've been connected in series, right?)
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Conditions for a JFET transistor to saturate

I have come across the relations: vDS > vGS – VP for n-channel JFET vDS < vGS – VP for P-channel JFET The two are given as the conditions for JFET to be in saturation. How can I arrive at these ...
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Relay to electronic switch change

I would like to change relay functionality in electronic switch. As per the concept, relay pole and NC position is short even there is no power applied to it. I need complete exact relay functionality ...
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Confusing datasheet for JFET 113: Which value for IDSS applies?

I am trying to build a small amplifier with a JFET J113 to get a high input impedance. I have a problem with the datasheet: On page 3 it gives a value of IDSS=2mA for J113. However, on the following ...
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Implementing negative feedback on a JFET amplifier

I have started designing and simulating a simple Jfet amplifier using LTSpice. The circuit I have below seems fine, apart from too much gain for my needs (about 20x to much gain). To fix this, I ...
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Self-biased JFET - Midpoint bias: Why set the drain voltage to one-half of it?

To set a midpoint bias, I understand that ID = IDSS/2 (and by equation, VGS = VGS(off)/3.4). For calculating resistor values, why set VD = VDD/2?
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Controlling PWM with an external oscillator and a JFET

I'd like to control the pulse with modulation of a VCO with an external oscillator (triangle wave). The PWM circuit is a comparator fed with the triangle wave output of the VCO. The VCO schematic is a ...
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What are the pros and cons of using different transistor types in a Colpitts oscillator circuit?

When I do a generic search for "Colpitts oscillator circuit" I get lots of results with circuit examples that use an NPN transistor in a common emitter or common collector configuration as ...
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Why does the resistance of this JFET VCR change?

I'm trying to build an automatic gain control (compressor) for my audio amplifier. For this I'm using a 2N5458 JFET as a voltage controlled resistor. The circuit looks like this in LTSpice: The drain-...
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JFET RDS(on) Matching

Quick question here - I have a circuit that originally used a 2SK30ATM-GR JFET, with an RDS(on) maximum of 800 ohms. Most of the cheap JFETs I can find have a significantly smaller RDS value, ...
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Gate leakage current for a JFET?

I'm really confused about how JFETs work. JFETS are usually significantly higher doped donor xor acceptor atoms. My professor mentioned that MOSFETs usually have an oxide in between the the metal and ...
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Multiple way to enable regulator

I want to know how can I enable the regulator in three different ways in correct way through the hardware. There is two PCBs in below picture. PCB1: 24V input plug (user plugged) 16V battery Charging ...
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JFETs question about pinch-off voltage

Can the pinch-off voltage be equal to zero? In my opinion no, because the JEFT would be off all the time, isn't it?
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Series current Feedback

I was tryig to build this circuit ("Series-feedback pair") from "Art of electronics" book (p. 150). Since I do not have the exact components I tried to model it in LTSpice with ...
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6-channel piezo buffer jfet circuit

Even though I'm a total beginner at electronics, I've decided to build a 6-channel piezo pickup buffer/mixer unit, for a stringed instrument. It should fit into a typically sized electronics cavity, ...
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Iellegible JFET name, seems to be HEPxxxxx

I have this poor scanned schematic on which there is a Motorola P-channel JFET, labeled as Q5, and I can't read the name. It seems to me that the 2nd note is written "Q5 is HEP*1036" where * ...
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Working of JFET as amplifier

Can someone please explain the purpose of using the JFET in the configuration attached in the image? I understand the JFETs are for amplification purpose but I am unable to understand the working of ...
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Calculation of drain current in JFET

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab If IDSS= 10mA and Vp= -5V, when VDS=Vp, what is the value of ID and VGS? Lets say I apply KVL on drain-source loop. Then I get VDD-IDRD-...
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JFET resistance and transconductance

The book says the rds of the 2N8461 JFET can be varied from 100 ohm to 10Meg. I went on and tried to verify this using the equation and plug values in it from the datasheet using the minimum values ...
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Source Resistor of JFET Source-Follower

I am designing a simple Buffer to get the voltage of a high-impedanze source to an ADC (60k Impedance). For that I choosed an JFET in the source-follower configuration. simulate this circuit – ...
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What is the current in a FET as gate voltage is increased towards large voltages?

I know that beyond a threshold voltage VGS, increasing the gate-source voltage VGS in a field-effect transistor (FET) increases the drain-source current IDS quadratically. I've looked on the web and ...
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JFET switch circuit

I want to discharge capacitor when battery pack is disconnected. Will this work? In my project I use power source selector IC. Problem is, this IC does not recognize battery reconnection until ...
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How would you determine the Miller input and output capacitance for the amplifier in the figure?

When I calculate the Miller input and output capacitance I get; Cin(Miller) as 6.38pF and Cout(Miller) as 5.66pF. However, these values are incorrect.
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How to choose Drain current for a JFET Differential Amp

I have to design a JFET differential amplifier with a current mirror. I am unsure where to start and what to set the biasing current to. Any help will be appreciated to point me in the right direction....
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Common drain small signal analysis and unresolved question for fet

question: There is an amplifier circuit obtained between JFET and MOSFET. For the FET used in the circuit, IDSS = 8 mA, VGSoff = -3V and working point current is 1.42 mA. Use MOSFET parameters as ...
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JFET Constant Current Source (CRD alternative)

Today I have build constant current source based on J111. To drain I connected VCC it's 24VDC from laboratory power supply, then I connected resitor 470Ohm between gate and source. To source pin i ...
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How does JFET cascode amplifier reduce input capacitance?

I read that a JFET cascode amplifier has a reduced input capacitance thus lowering the Miller capacitance and will obtain wider bandwidth. In order to obtain lower Miller cap, the voltage gain must ...
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How VDB JFET circuit reverse-biases the gate-to-source voltage?

I already know how Gate-bias, Self-bias, and Current-source bias works in a JFET configuration. However, I am still stuck in voltage-divider-bias JFET circuit. (circuit below) In a JFET circuit, the ...
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What would happen if I left the gate open in a self-biased JFET circuit?

In a self-biased JFET circuit, the gate voltage must be approximately zero so that the reverse voltage at the gate-to-source will be equal(but negative) to the voltage across the source resistance. ...
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Using a JFET as a voltage limiter

I have a circuit that runs on 1V up to 15V DC. I want to attach a low-power battery-level (1.5V) device to this supply rail, and have it work over the broadest input range possible (yes, it will cut ...
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Fine points about the nature of bias current in oamps and experiments

In order to build a sensitive application, I am struggling to understand the behavior of the bias (and offset) current in oamps. I always thought unconsciously that the input terminals of the oamp act ...

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