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Bridge circuitsMarrying gain and balance

Jim Williams

Bridge circuits are among the most elemental and powerful electrical tools. They are found in measurement, switching, oscillator and transducer circuits. Additionally, bridge techniques are broadband, serving from DC to bandwidths well into the GHz range. The electrical analog of the mechanical beam balance, they are also the progenitor of all electrical differential techniques.

Resistance bridges

Figure 32.1 shows a basic resistor bridge. The circuit is usually credited to Charles Wheatstone, although S. H. Christie, who demonstrated it in 1833, almost certainly preceded him.1 If all resistor values are equal (or the two sides ratios are equal) the differential voltage is zero. The excitation ...

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