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LM324 op amp

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by johnfin, Mar 3, 2014.

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  1. johnfin


    Mar 3, 2014
    I would like to boost the signal of this device. Can someone tell me if I have wired this correctly. First schematic is original, second is red-marked with additional op amp stage.

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  2. duke37


    Jan 9, 2011
    I should think that one op-amp will do the job.

    You need negative feedback NOT positive feedback. The circuit you show will lock either high or low.
  3. KrisBlueNZ

    KrisBlueNZ Sadly passed away in 2015

    Nov 28, 2011
    You probably should have a decoupling capacitor between pins 4 and 11 of the LM324. A 10 µF electrolytic in parallel with a 0.1 µF ceramic is good. This will help the amplifier to be stable.

    Your first circuit has the op-amp inputs mislabelled. The pin numbers (2 at the top and 3 at the bottom) are right, but the "+" and "-" markings are reversed.

    That circuit may not work very well, especially at low illumination, because the LM324's output is not guaranteed to pull down as far as its negative supply pin. This circuit would normally be operated from split supplies, i.e. a positive rail AND a negative rail.

    I don't know why you want to add a second op-amp, and you also have the inputs reversed on the second op-amp, but I found a similar circuit at which may be useful to you.
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