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An amplifier capable of delivering considerably more signal current than is fed in.



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GROUNDED-GRID AMPLIFIER

An electrontube amplifier circuit in which the control grid is at ground potential at the operating frequency; the input signal is applied between cathode and ground, and the output load is connected between anode and ground.

CMRR

Common-mode rejection ratio - the ratio of the gain of an amplifier for difference signals between the input terminals, to the gain for the average or common-mode signal component.

COUPLING CAPACITOR

A capacitor used to block the flow of direct current while allowing alternating or signal current to pass; widely used for joining two circuits or stages. Also known as blocking capacitor; stopping capacitor.

COMMON-MODE REJECTION

The ability of an amplifier to cancel a common-mode signal while responding to an out-of-phase signal. Also known as in-phase rejection.

BOOTSTRAP CIRCUIT

A single-stage amplifier in which the output load is connected between the negative end of the anode supply and the cathode, while signal voltage is applied between grid and cathode; a change in grid voltage changes the input signal voltage with respect to ground by an amount equal to the output signal voltage.

COMMON-DRAIN AMPLIFIER

An amplifier using a field-effect transistor so that the input signal is injected between gate and drain, while the output is taken between the source and drain. Also known as source-follower amplifier.

AMPLIFIER

A device which enables an input signal to control power from a source independent of the signal and thus be capable of delivering an output which is greater than the input signal.

GROUND NOISE

[ENG ACOUS] The residual system noise in the absence of the signal in recording and reproducing; usually caused by inhomogeneity in the recording and reproducing media, but may also include tube noise and noise generated in resistive elements in the amplifier system.

OPTICAL AMPLIFIER

An optoelectronic amplifier in which the electric input signal is converted to light, amplified as light, then converted back to an electric signal for the output.

BRIDGING AMPLIFIER

Amplifier with an input impedance sufficiently high so that its input may be bridged across a circuit without substantially affecting the signal level of the circuit across which it is bridged.

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