# 1: 1/f noise and ttl - levels 2: triode speed: semiconductor vs vacuum

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Arne Rosenfeldt, Sep 16, 2003.

1. ### Arne RosenfeldtGuest

1: 1/f noise and ttl - levels
since
integral( 1/f, x..intfinity) -> infitiny for x->0
a transistor has infinite noise power.
You can only use it for high frequency above 1kHz,
absolute DC TTL levels are nonsenese

So where is the nonsense here?

2: triode speed: semiconductor vs vacuum
who is faster?
semiconductor has higher carrier density
vacuum has higher carrier mobility

or what is the point?

Expecially if I have a high impendance source, wouldn't vacuum be better?

2. ### Dimitrij KlingbeilGuest

Somehow I don't get what you mean. Are you sure that the noise ratio is
really ~~ 1/f. If so, in which case? Do you have any schematics or more
detailed descriptions where this shall apply? I can't imagine any case.
Absolute DC TTL levels are far from nonsense (if them were so, you would
hardly be reading this on-screen), and (excuse my limited experience) I've
never seen noise ratios rising significantly with lower frequencies. In any
case, could you please quote an example from where your formula is from.
Semiconductor devices are usually faster because of their smaller size and
lower internal capacity, however there are still special vacuum devices for
very high frequencies. It depends on where you want to use the stuff and
what it is supposed to do. Besides, try to imagine a PC processor with
vacuum tubes . In any case, a more precise description of what use of the
corresponding devices you mean could probably help.
What sort of source? Modern Op-Amps do have pretty high impedances, vacuum
tubes need a resistor at the input (for discharge), which cannot have an
infinitely high resistance, so in many cases they shall mostly equal. A
major advantage of vacuum tubes is that they can sustain much higher
overvoltages in an 'unsafe' environment but as operating voltages tend to
get smaller these days, you can safely forget about vacuum tubes unless you
are to handle microwave, radar and this like sorts of things. In nuclear
physics, there are still lots of uses for vacuum devices, but these are
sort of special. Also if the source impedance is really exceptionally high
(in the GigaOhm range or above), there may be a need to use vacuum-tube
amplifiers, but things like that tend to be very special (e.g. vacuum
current multipliers), you won't run across them very often.

P.S. In case my School-English is incomprehensible, feel free to say so,
I'll try to express myself differently. It looks that you are from Uni
Muenster, so you can write me an e-mail in German as well. Here, at TU
Berlin, we do speak German, though it sometimes sounds a bit 'englished'.

Dimitrij

3. ### Kevin AylwardGuest

Indeed. This is the usual formula.

Since a transistor doesn't usually start glowing white hot, where do you

Oh. You don't say? Strange. One can slap a TTL device on the bench and
measure quite low "DC" noise levels. Why do you think this is?
The formula is essentially, correct. However, one has to know how to
apply formulas.
Note that, tubes can have significant grid leakage.

Kevin Aylward

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4. ### Roy McCammonGuest

The nonsense is that you never actually use zero
frequency. If your device runs for a year continuously,
then take the lower frequency as 1/year. If it runs
continuously for 100 years then the lower frequency
is .01/year. Even for these low but non zero frequencies,
the total rms fluctuation will be sufficiently low to
expect proper operation.