Network or circuit composed of a sequence of L networks connected in tandem. Circuit used in digital to analog converters.
Acronym for "radio detection and ranging" A system that measures the distance and direction of objects.
Transmission of music, voice and other information on radio carrier waves that can be received by the general public.
Branch of astronomy that studies the radio waves generated by celestial bodies and uses these emissions to obtain information about them.
Term used to describe the transfer of information between two or more points by use of radio or electromagnetic waves.
Amplifier having one or more active devices to amplify radio signals.
Generator capable of supplying RF energy at any desired frequency in the radio-frequency spectrum.
Probe used in conjunction with an AC meter to measure radio-frequency signals.
Abbreviation for "resistance capacitance" also abbreviation for "radio controled" as in "RC model airplanes."
RC time constant
Product of resistance and capacitance in seconds.
Symbol "X". Opposition to current flow without the dissipation of energy. Example: The opposition provided by inductance or capacitance to AC current.
Also called imaginary power or wattless power. It is the power value in "volt amps" obtained from the product of source voltage and source current in a reactive circuit.
Number having no imaginary part.
Unit or piece of equipment used to receive information.
Process by which a conduction band electron gives up energy (in the form of heat or light) and falls into a valence band hole.
A Cartesian coordinate of a Cartesion coordinate system whose straight-line axes or coordinate planes are perpendicular.
Also known as a pulse wave. A repeating wave that only operates between two levels or values and remains at one of these values for a small amount of time relative to the other value.
Process that converts alternating current to direct current.
Diode circuit that converts alternating current into pulsating direct current.
Relay consisting of two thin magnetic strips within a glass envelope. When a coil around the envelope is energised, the relay,s contacts snap together making a connection between leads attached to the reed strips.
Positive feedback. Feedback from the output of an amplifier to the input such that the feedback signal is in phase with the input signal. Used to produce oscillation.
regulated power supply
Power supply that maintains a constant output voltage under changing load conditions.
Device or circuit that maintains a desired output under changing conditions.
Not independent. Compared with or with respect to some other measured quantity.
Free running circuit that outputs pulses with a period dependent or one or more RC time constants.
Electromechanical device that opens or closes contacts when a current is passed through a coil.
Resistance to the flow of magnetic lines of force.
Amount a material remains magnetized after the magnetizing force has been removed.
Magnetism remaining in the core of an electromagnet after the coil current is removed.
Symbolized "R" and measured in ohms. Opposition to current flow and dissipation of energy in the form of heat.
Amount of power dissipated as heat in a circuit containing resistive and reactive components. True power as opposed to reactive power.
resistive temperature detector
(RTD) Temperature detector consisting of a fine coil of conducting wire (such as platinum) that will produce a relatively linear increase in resistance as temperature increases.
Measure of a material's resistance to current flow.
Component made of material that opposes flow of current and therefore has some value of resistance.
resistor color code
Coding system of colored stripes on a resistor to indicate the resistor's value and tolerance.
Circuit condition that occurs at the frequency where inductive reactance (XL) equals capacitive reactance (XC).
Bias on a PN junction that allows only leakage current (minority carriers) to flow. Positive polarity on the n-type material and negative polarity to the p-type material.
reverse breakdown voltage
Amount of reverse bias that will cause a PN junction to break down and conduct in the reverse direction.
Current through a diode when reverse biased. An extremely small current also referred to as leakage.
reverse saturation current
Reverse current through a diode caused by thermal activity. This current is not affected by the amount of reverse bias on the component, but does vary with temperature.
Abbreviation for "radio frequency."
Two terminal variable resistor used to control current.
right angle triangle
Triangle having a 90° or square corner.
Frequency of the ripple present in the output of a DC source.
The small variations in Dc voltage that remain after filtering in a power supply.
Time for the leading edge of a pulse to rise from 10% of its peak value to 90% of its peak value.
An RL circuit whose output voltage is proportional to the rate of change of the input voltage.
Selective circuit of resistors and inductors that offers little or no opposition to certain frequencies while blocking or attenuating other frequencies.
RL circuit with an output proportionate to the integral of the input signal.
Abbreviation for "root mean square"
Rms value of an AC sine wave is 0.707 times the peak value. This is the effective value of an AC sine wave. The rms value of a sine wave is the value of a DC voltage that would produce the same amount of heat in a heating element.
Rate of change in gain when an amplifier is operated outside of its bandwidth.
Electromechanical device that has a rotating shaft connected to one terminal capable of making or breaking a connection to one or more other terminals.