Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS)
9—Introduction to Wave- Generation and Wave-Shaping
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NEETS Module 9 — Introduction to Wave- Generation and Wave-Shaping
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FREQUENCY MULTIPLIERS are special class C amplifiers that are biased at 3 to 10 times the normal cutoff bias. They
are used to generate a frequency that is a multiple (harmonic) of a lower frequency. Such circuits are called
frequency multipliers or harmonic generators.
Figure 2-26 illustrates a frequency multiplier known as a
FREQUENCY DOUBLER or SECOND HARMONIC GENERATOR. As illustrated, the input is 1 megahertz and the output is 2
megahertz, or twice the input frequency. In other words, the second harmonic of 1 megahertz is 2 megahertz. The
third harmonic (frequency tripler) would be 3 megahertz, or 3 times the input signal. The fourth harmonic
(quadruplet) would be 4 megahertz, or 4 times the 1-megahertz input signal. The fourth harmonic generator
(frequency quadruplet) is normally as high in multiplication as is practical, because at harmonics higher than the
fourth, the output diminishes to a very weak output signal.
Figure 2-26.—Frequency doubler.
Frequency multipliers are operated by the pulses of collector current produced by a class C amplifier.
Although the collector current flows in pulses, the alternating collector voltage is sinusoidal because of the
action of the tank circuit. When the output tank circuit is tuned to the required harmonic, the tank circuit acts
as a filter, accepting the desired frequency and rejecting all others.
Figure 2-27 illustrates the
waveforms in a typical doubler circuit. You can see that the pulses of collector current are the same frequency as
the input signal. These pulses of collector current energize the tank circuit and cause it to oscillate at twice
the base signal frequency. Between the pulses of collector current, the tank circuit continues to oscillate.
Therefore, the tank circuit receives a current pulse for every other cycle of its output.
Figure 2-27.—Frequency doubler waveforms.
Coupling the resonant frequency from the oscillator by
different coupling methods also affects the oscillator frequency and amplitude. A BUFFER AMPLIFIER decreases the
loading effect on the oscillator by reducing the interaction (matching impedance) between the load and the
Figure 2-28 is the schematic diagram of a buffer amplifier. This circuit is a common-collector amplifier. A
common-collector amplifier has a high input impedance and a low output impedance. Since the output of an
oscillator is connected to the high impedance of the common-collector amplifier, the buffer has little effect on
the operation of the oscillator. The output of the common-collector buffer is then connected to an external load;
therefore, the changes in the output load cannot reflect back to the oscillator circuit. Thus, the buffer
amplifier reduces interaction between the load and the oscillator. Figure 2-29 illustrates a shunt-fed Hartley
oscillator with a buffer amplifier. This is "one-way" coupling since the oscillator signal is coupled forward, but
load changes are not coupled back to the oscillator.
Figure 2-28.—Buffer amplifier.
Figure 2-29.—Shunt-fed Hartley oscillator with buffer amplifier.
Q-22. What is the frequency that is twice the fundamental frequency?
Q-23. What is the
purpose of the buffer amplifier?
This chapter has presented information on oscillators. The information that follows summarizes the
important points of this chapter.
WAVE GENERATORS can be classified according to the
SINUSOIDAL or NONSINUSOIDAL
SINUSOIDAL WAVE GENERATORS
(oscillators) produce a sine wave of constant amplitude and frequency. There are three ways to control the
frequency of sine-wave generators: (1) RC NETWORKS, (2) LC NETWORKS, and (3) CRYSTALS.
NONSINUSOIDAL WAVE GENERATORS
(oscillators) generate complex waveforms such as SQUARE WAVES, RECTANGULAR WAVES, SAWTOOTH WAVES, TRAPEZOIDAL
WAVES, and TRIGGERS. Nonsinusoidal wave generators are often called RELAXATION OSCILLATORS.
BASIC OSCILLATOR can be thought of as an amplifier that provides itself with a signal input.
An OSCILLATOR is a device that converts dc power to ac power at a predetermined frequency.
The requirements for an oscillator are AMPLIFICATION, REGENERATIVE FEEDBACK, and a FREQUENCY-DETERMINING NETWORK.
An oscillator has two stability requirements, AMPLITUDE STABILITY and FREQUENCY STABILITY.
FEEDBACK is the process of transferring energy from a high-level point in a system to a low-level
point. Feedback that aids the input signal is REGENERATIVE or POSITIVE. Feedback that opposes the input signal is
DEGENERATIVE or NEGATIVE.
The three basic circuit configurations used for oscillators are COMMON
COMMON BASE, and COMMON EMITTER.
COMMON-COLLECTOR configuration there is no PHASE SHIFT between input and output. It is not
necessary for the feedback network to provide a phase shift. Voltage gain is less than unity (one) and power gain
is low so it is very seldom used as an oscillator.
In the COMMON-BASE configuration,
there is no PHASE SHIFT between input and output. It is not necessary for the feedback network to provide a phase
shift. Voltage and power gain are high enough to give satisfactory operation in an oscillator circuit.
COMMON-EMITTER configuration, there is a 180-degree PHASE SHIFT between input and output. The
feedback network must provide another phase shift of 180 degrees. It has a high power gain.
The ARMSTRONG OSCILLATOR is used to produce a sine-wave output of constant amplitude
and fairly constant frequency.
An oscillator in which dc power is supplied to the transistor through the
tank circuit, or a portion of the tank circuit, is SERIES FED.
An oscillator in which dc power is supplied
to the transistor through a path separate and parallel to the tank circuit is PARALLEL or SHUNT FED.
The HARTLEY OSCILLATOR is used to produce a sine-wave output of constant amplitude and fairly
The COLPITTS OSCILLATOR is used to produce a sine-wave output of
constant amplitude and fairly constant frequency within the rf range. The identifying features of the Colpitts
oscillator are the split capacitors.
The RESISTIVE-CAPACITIVE (RC) FEEDBACK OSCILLATOR is
used to produce a sine- wave output of relatively constant amplitude and frequency. It uses RC networks to produce
feedback and eliminate the need for inductors in the resonant circuit.
CRYSTAL OSCILLATORS are those oscillators that use a specially cut crystal to control
the frequency. The crystal can act as either a capacitor or inductor, a series-tuned circuit, or a parallel-tuned
PULSED OSCILLATORS are sinusoidal oscillators that are turned on and off for a specific
time duration. The frequency of a pulsed oscillator is determined by both the input gating pulse and the resonant
frequency of the tank circuit.
A HARMONIC is a sinusoidal wave having a frequency that is a multiple of the
FREQUENCY MULTIPLIERS (HARMONIC GENERATORS) are special class C amplifiers that are
biased at 3 to 10 times the normal cutoff. They are used to generate a frequency that is a multiple or harmonic of
a lower frequency.
A BUFFER AMPLIFIER decreases the loading effect on the oscillator by reducing the
interaction between the load and the oscillator.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Q1. THROUGH Q23.
A-1. Sinusoidal and nonsinusoidal.
A-2. RC, LC, and crystal.
A-3. Relaxation oscillators.
A-5. Amplification, regenerative feedback, and
A-6. Regenerative or positive.
A-7. Inductive and capacitive.
A-11. Common collector (CC), common emitter (CE), and common
A-12. Feedback coil. Armstrong uses a separate coil. Hartley uses a tapped coil.
A-13. In the series-fed Hartley oscillator, dc flows through the tank circuit.
A-14. Split capacitors.
A-15. Resistor-capacitor networks.
A-16. Because of the losses encountered in the RC networks.
A-20. Pulsed oscillators.
A-22. Second harmonic.
interaction between oscillator and load.
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