# Hello, varactor(varicap) formula help

Discussion in 'Radio and Wireless' started by michael1978, Feb 18, 2018.

1. ### michael1978

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THANK YOU A LOTTTTTTTTTTTT...........for helping ;-)

2. ### hevans1944Hop - AC8NS

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I think you might want to check your decimal points. We are discussing capacitance on the order of ten picofarads. 0.00000000001 micro-farads is 10 pico-micro-farads (pmfd), a million times smaller than ten micro-microfarad (mmfd), which is a very small capacitance indeed.

It is for this reason (probably) that God invented microwaves and requires us to use waveguides and Smith charts and microwave strip-line techniques for tuning purposes instead of discrete inductors and capacitors. James Clerk Maxwell worked all this out ages ago during a direct communication from God. Sort of like Moses and the Ten Commandments, Maxwell and the Four Equations explains everything. Some study required.

Here on EP there are just too many damn zeroes to keep things straight and in perspective, unless you can figure out how to express numbers in this forum using scientific notation: 0.00000000001 = 1 x 10^(-11) = 10 x 10^(-12) = 10 pico-somethings. OK, I suppose you could import exponential or super-scripted characters as images placed in-line with text, but that seems to be an awful lot of trouble. Maybe we should just compose text using a real text editor and upload or attach it as a PDF file. Nah, bad idea. That would really mess up the continuity of the threads. I have to open a separate app to read it, every time someone posts a PDF, which can be a real PITA.

@Ian: hows come we can't insert sub-script and super-script characters using the on-line rich text editor?

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Let me look in to this and I'll make a new thread on it . I'll tag you in it once I've got an answer.

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thank you