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Application of JFET s
1) 2) 3) 4) 5) JFET as a switch JFET as a Chopper JFET as a Current source JFET as a Amplifier JFET as a Buffer


JFET as a switch
The field-effect transistor may be used as an on/off switch controlling electrical power to a load. Let's begin our investigation of the JFET as a switch with our familiar switch/lamp circuit:

Remembering that the controlled current in a JFET flows between source and drain, we substitute the source and drain connections of a JFET for the two ends of the switch in the above circuit:

If you haven't noticed by now, the source and drain connections ona JFET look identical on the schematic symbol. Unlike the bipolar junction transistor wherethe emitter is clearly distinguished from the collector by the arrowhead,a JFET's source and drain lines both run perpendicular into the bar representing the semiconductor channel. This is no accident, as the source and drain lines of a JFET are often interchangeable in practice! In other words, JFETs are usually able to handle channel current in either direction, from source to drain or from drain to source. Now all we need in the circuit is a way to control the JFET's conduction. With zero applied voltage between gate and source, the JFET's channel will be "open," allowing full current to
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the lamp. In order to turn the lamp off, we will need to connect another source of DC voltage between the gate and source connections of theJFET like this:

Closing this switch will "pinch off" the JFET's channel, thus forcing it into cutoff and turning the lamp off:

Note that there is no current going through the gate.As a reverse-biased PN junction, it firmly opposes the flow of any electrons through it. As a voltage-controlled device, the JFET requires negligible input current. This is an advantageous trait of theJFET over the bipolar transistor: there is virtually zero power required of the controlling signal. Opening the control switch again should disconnect the reverse-biasing DC voltage from the gate, thus allowing the transistor to turn back on. Ideally, anyway, this is how it works. In practice this may not work at all:

Why is this? Why doesn't the JFET's channel open up again and allow lamp current through like it did before with no voltage applied between gate and source? The answer lies in the operation of the reverse-biased gate-source junction. The depletion region within that
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junction acts as an insulating barrier separating gate from source. As such, it possesses a certain amount of capacitance capable of storing an electric charge potential. After this junction has been forcibly reverse-biased by the application of an external voltage, it will tend to hold that reverse-biasing voltage as a stored charge even after the source of that voltage has been disconnected. What is needed to turn theJFET on again is to bleed off that stored charge between the gate and source througha resistor:

This resistor's value is not very important. The capacitance of theJFET's gate-source junction is very small, and so even a rather high-value bleed resistor creates a fast RC time constant, allowing the transistor to resume conduction with little delay once theswitch is opened. Like the bipolar transistor, it matters little where or what the controlling voltage comes from. We could use a solar cell, thermocouple, or any other sort of voltage-generating device to supply the voltage controlling theJFET's conduction. All that is required of a voltage source for JFET switch operation is sufficient voltage to achieve pinch-off of the JFET channel. This level is usually in the realm of a few volts DC, and is termed the pinchoff or cutoff voltage. The exact pinch-off voltage for any given JFET is a function of its unique design, and is not a universal figure like 0.7 volts is for a silicon BJT's base-emitter junction voltage.

2. JFET as a Chopper
A direct-coupled amplifier can be built by leaving out the coupling andbypass capacitors and connecting the output of each stage directly to the input of next stage. Thus direct current is coupled, as well as alternating current. The major drawback of this method is occurrence of drift, a slow shift in the final output voltage produced by supply transistor, and temperature variations.The drift problem can be overcome by employing chopper amplifier as illustrated in figure.

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Chopper Amplifier (a). Here input dc voltage is chopped by a switching circuit. The output of chopperis a square wave ac signal having peak value equal to that of input dc voltage, V . This ac signal DC can be amplified by a conventional ac amplifier without any problem of drift. Amplified output can then be peak detected to recover the amplified dc sign al. Square wave is applied to the gate of a FET analog switch to make it operate like a chopper, as illustrated in other figure. The gate square wave is negative-going swing from 0 V to at least VGS(off)- This alternately saturates and cuts -off the JFET. Thus output voltage is a square wave varying from +VDC to zero volt alternately. If the input signal is a low-frequency ac signal, it gets chopped into the ac waveform as shown in last figure (c). This chopped signal can now be amplified by an ac amplifierthat is drift free. The amplified signal can then be peak -detected to recover the original input low frequency ac signal. Thus both dc and low frequency ac signals can be amplified by using a chopper amplifier.

Design Options for the FETS Chopper Line
Fast chopper chops 3 bunches, during that time the slow chopperrises to full voltage and chops for 240 ns-0.1 ms, chopped beam is collected on the plates of the slow chopper,to minimise heat load 2 units of fast/slow choppers were employed.

Chopped beam from the slow chopper is collected in subsequentperiod in a dedicated dump ! _ 30% of original plate voltage required (6 kV ! 1.7 kV), ! faster rise time for slow chopper, now fast chopper only needs tochop 2 bunches, ! smaller bandwidth required for fast chopper which should improve performance of fast chopper pulser (droop, rise time),
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dedicated beam dump can be designed to take full beam power ! noneed for 2 identical chopper sections.

3. JFET as a Current source
The combination of low associated operating voltage and high output impedance makes the FET attractive as a constant-current source. An adjustable-current source (Figure 1) may be built with a FET, a variable resistor, and a small battery. For optimum thermal stability, the FET should be biased near the zero temperature coefficient point.

Whenever the FET is operated in the current saturated region,its output conductance is very low. This occurs whenever the drain-source voltage VDS is at least 50% greater than the cut-off voltage VGS(off). The FET may be biased to operate as a constant-current source at any current below its saturation current IDSS. For a given device where IDSS and VGS(off) are known, the approximate VGS required for a given ID is

where k can vary from 1.8 to 2.0, depending on device geometry. If K = 2.0, the series resistor RS required between source and gate is

A change in supply voltage or a change in load impedance,will change ID by only a small factor because of the low output conductance goss

The value of goss is an important consideration in the accuracy of a constant-current source where the supply voltage may vary. As goss may range from less than 1µS to more than 50µS according to the FET type, the dynamicimpedance can be greater than 1 M to less than 20 k . This corresponds to a current stability range of 1µA to 50µA per

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volt. The value of goss also depends on the operating point. Output conductance goss decrease approximately linearly with ID. The relationship is

So as VGS

VGS(off), goss

Zero. For best regulation, ID must be considerably less than IDSS.

A current source based on a JFET
The circuit schematic below (which has been entered into the PSpice circuit simulator) shows a simple way of doing this using a JFET.The negative terminal of thesupply V1 (battery symbol) is connected to Ground, also known as Node 0, and represents the reference point for any measurements we might make. Although the battery voltage is indicated as 5V, PSpice will let us vary this experimentally over any requiredrange. The current developed by the circuit flows in the drain circuit, and is in fact I . For this D application a light-emitting diode LED is shown as the load, in which the constant current flows. This is a very typical usage for this kind of circuit; the LED works most consistently (giving a steady light output) if the current passing through it can be maintained constant, even if the supply voltage changes - for example, as the battery discharges. The circuit can be described as a self-biased JFET: the source resistor R determines the gate source voltage through the relationship V = -VS0 = -ID R GS This allows a range of currents to be achieved, since the operating conditions of the JFET can be chosen by selecting the value of R, which determines the relative values of ID and VGS .

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Using PSpice to predict the behavior of the circuit PSpice can help us to predict many aspects of the circuit design's behaviour before we construct it. In order to model the voltage-current characteristic of a non-linear device like a FET, PSpice can use a number of different mathematical models. For this application, the JFET is modelled using an expression based on a binomial approximation for the dependence of ID on VDS and VGS. Different JFET types require different coefficients to be used in the expression, and these can be incorporated. Here the PSpice simulator has been used to predict the performance of the circuit as the supply voltage is varied over a range. If the design is working correctly, we expect to find the current to be independent of V1. PSpice has been used to predict the circuit's behavior with different values of R, from 0 ohms to 1000 ohms. We expect to see the current change as different values of R are introduced.

The family of curves shown above represent the pSpice output. The expected value of ID (the current in the LED) is plotted against the supply voltage V1, for various different values of R. We can see that provided the supply voltage V1 lies within the range 5 volts to 25 v olts approximately, the current hardly varies with V1: it is effectively constant. However, when V1 falls below about 5 volts the circuit is seen to fail, as the current drops rapidly.The selection of the value for R can be seen to have a considerable eff ct on the constant e current obtained. By suitable choice of R, a constant current anywhere in the range of about 2 - 12 mA can be obtained. Looking at the curve for R=0, we can see how the circuit on page 85 of the notes will behave. Under these condition we know from the transfer charact eristic that the JFET will operate with a drain current equal to IDSS . The disadvantage of this very simple circuit is that you are stuck with the value of IDSS for the particular transistor you have chosen, and this can vary considerably from transistor to transistor. Including R gives the circuit much greater versatility. Although the JFET can provide a simple solution for the design of a current source, it is not the best solution obtainable. Much better designs canbe achieved using bipolar transistors,
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or by using operational amplifiers By use of suitable mathematical models for these components, PSpice can also predict the performance of these different approaches, and is therefore a powerful ally for the electronic circuit designer. However, it is important to remember that the results obtained are only as accurate as the numerical models used to represent the devices being simulated. In a real circuit, manufacturing tolerances and other variables (e.g. temperature) may cause the real circuit to operate quite differently from the simulation. A good designer will always take these possibilities into account.

4. JFET as a Amplifier
Small signal amplifiers can also be made using Field Effect Transistors or FET's. These devices have the advantage over bipolar devices of having an extremely high input impedance along with a low noise output making them very useful in amplifier circuits using very small signals. The design of an amplifier circuit based around a JFET (n-channel FET for this example) or even a MOSFET is exactly the same principle as that for a bipolar device and for a Class A amplifier as we looked at in the previous tutorial. A suitable Quiescent point still needs to be found for the correct biasing of the amplifier circuit with amplifier configurations of Common Source, Common Drain and Common Gate available for FET devices. In this tutorial we will look at theJFET Amplifier as a common source amplifier as this is the most widely used design. Consider the Common Source JFET Amplifier circuit below.

Common Source JFET Amplifier

The circuit consists of an N-channel JFET, but the device could also be an equivalent N-channel Depletion-mode MOSFET as the circuit diagram would be the same, just a change in the FET. The JFET Gate voltage Vg is biased through the potential divider network set up by resistors R1 and R2 and is biased to operate within its saturation
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region which is equivalent to the active region of the BJT. The Gate biasing voltage Vg is given as:

Note that this equation only determines the ratio of the resistorsR1 and R2, but in order to take advantage of the very high input impedance of the JFET as well as reducing the power dissipation within the circuit, we need to make these resistor values as high as possible, with values in the order of 1 to 10M being common.

The input signal, (Vin) is applied between the Gate terminal and 0v with the Drain circuit containing the load resistor, Rd. The output voltage, Vout is developed across this load resistance. There is also an additional resistor,Rs included in the Source lead and the same Drain current also flows throughthis resistor. When the JFET is switched fully "ON" a voltage drop equal to Rs x Id is developed across this resistor raising the potential of the Source terminal above 0v or ground level. This voltage drop across Rs due to the Drain current provides the necessary reverse biasing condition across the Gate resistor, R2. In order to keep the Gate-source junction reverse biased, the Source voltage, Vs needs to be higher than the gate voltage,Vg. This Source voltage is therefore given as:

Then the Drain current, Id is also equal to the Source current, Is as "No Current" enters the Gate terminal and this can be given as:

This potential divider biasing circuit improves the stability of the common source JFET circuit when being fed from a single DC supply compared to that of a fixed voltage biasing circuit. Both Resistor, Rs and Capacitor, Cs serve basically the same function as the Emitter resistor and capacitor in the Common Emitter Bipolar Transistor amplifier circuit, namely to provide good stability and prevent a reduction in the signal gain. However, the price paid for a stabilized quiescent Gate voltage is that more of the supply voltage is dropped across Rs.

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The basic circuit and characteristics of a common sourceJFET amplifier are very similar to that of the Common Emitter amplifier. A DC load line is constructed by joining the two points relating to the Drain current, Id and the supply voltage, Vdd intersecting the curves at the Q-point as follows.

JFET Amplifier Characteristics Curves

As with the Common Emitter circuit, the DC load line produces a straight line equation whose gradient is given as: -1/(Rd + Rs) and that it crosses the vertical Id axis at a point equal to Vdd/(Rd + Rs). The other end of the load line crosses the horizontal axis at a point equal to Vdd. The actual position of the Q-point on the DC load line is determined by the mean value of Vg which is biased negatively as the JFET as a depletion-mode device. Like the bipolar common emitter amplifier the output of the Common Source JFET Amplifier is 1800 out of phase with the input signal. One of the main disadvantages of using Depletion-mode JFET is that they need to be negatively biased. Should this bias fail for any reason the Gate -source voltage may
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rise and become positive causing an increase in Drain current resulting in failure of the Drain voltage, Vd. Also the high channel resistance,Rds(on) of the JFET, coupled with high quiescent steady state Drain current makes these devices run hot so additional heatsink is required. However, most of the problems associated with using JFET's can be greatly reduced by using enhancementmode MOSFET devices instead. -

5. JFET as a Buffer
Buffers present a high impedance to the guitar pickup and have a low impedance output drive with a gain close to unity (unity gain = 1). This is an excellent addition in front of a vintage wah-wah or other circuit that can rob the signal of high frequency response. Buffers are simple, easy and cheap to construct. Before we see the circuits let us look at a circuit fragment that may be required for some of the buffer variations. As shown to the left, the resistor/capacitor network provides a reference voltage that may be used to bias the transistor or opamp into thebest operating range. The point marked "Vr" is connected to the point also notated as "Vr" on the buffer schematic. If there is a reference voltage already established in a circuit to which you are planning to add a buffered input, the existing Vr can be tapped and used for the buffer's reference.

Probably the easiest buffer is the basic jfet common drain amplifier. The input impedance is determined by the value of R1 and is 1M as shown in this example. The value of R2 is not too critical and may be any value from 3.3k to 10k without much change in the sound. I prefer to use lower values since this allows more drive on the negative portion of the audio cycle where the only pull-down is the source resistor. This configuration has the least number of parts but is limited in that if the input voltage exceeds the gate-source forward voltage plus the bias voltage at the source, the signal will be clipped. This configuration is not normally useful with bipolar or mosfet transistors, which require a positivebias voltage (for N-type devices). Input impedance is approximately the value of R1. The output impedance will depend on the jfet but is on the order of a few hundred ohms.

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The basic jfet buffer shown in the last paragraph may be improved upon by connecting the gate resistor to a bias voltage instead of to ground. This allows the gate voltage to set the bias at the source to a higher vlaue which increases the headroom and all ws a large signal o input before clipping. The Vr point on this circuit connects to a bias voltage source as shown in the first paragraph. Input impedance is again approximately the value of R1. It could easily be increased to 10M or more for a cleaner soun with high impedance signal sources d such as high-output humbuckers or piezo sensors with only a slight incerase in the thermal noise contributed by the higher value of R1.

If you do not have a bias source available for Vr and you want to keep down the parts count, the gate bias can be set by a pair of resistors as shown in this example. The input impedance is the value of R1 paralleled by R3, or 500k ohms in this example, but you could easily increase their values to 2M to maintain the 1M input Z.

A bipolar transistor may also be pressed into service if the input impedance does not have to be as high as that available from jfets. The advantage is that the bipolars usually have a lower output impedance and are generally easier to find. The disadvantage is the lower input impedance available as compared to fets.
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An alternate configuration is shown here that uses the voltage bias on the input in the same manner as the second jfet example above. This is the buffer used in the TS -series distortion boxes. If you substitute a the last example resistor values, it is Booster in buffer blocks are useful?) A protection on the capacitances there is no Miller capacitances, their enough to cause the characteristics of the individual mosfet transistors. mosfet transistor into the circuit of and tweak the source and gate essentially the AMZ Mosfet mode. (See how these building 9v zener diode (D1) is used for static mosfet gate. Mosfets have high between its electrodes and though Effect to multiply those value can nonetheless be high high frequency rolloff depending on

It is also possible to use a pair of 10M resistors to provide the bias voltage to the gate of the mosfet similar to the earlier Dr. Quack buffer. An opamp is an even better buffer amplifier, though many believe they are somewhat colder sounding and more sterile than the transistor versions. The opamp gain is exactly unity and the output impedance is quite low; typically measured in tens of ohms instead of hundreds as with the transistors. It also has the lowest parts count of any of the simple buffers presented here. Voltage divider biasing and the input same way as with the biased. This opamp buffer useful when used in stages that also invert make the output noninput. This is with other signals cancellation could unity and is set by is optional and frequencies above the impedance of this is also possible with the opamp impedance is calculated the transistor versions similarly

inverts the signsignal, which is conjunction with following gain the signal and therefore would inverted when compared to the important if the signal is mixed from the same source since occur otherwise. The gain is R2/R1. The small 5pF capacitor gradually rolls off the high audible range. The input circuit is the value of R1.

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Mis ll n ous: Se ec on of the jfet or bipolar type is not critical, almost any transistor will work fine without problems The gain of the transistor versions is slightly less than 1, probably 0 9 to 0 96 Transistors with higher hfe will be sli ghtly closer to unity gain. The transistor circuits have very poor power supply noise rejection. Battery power works well with them but if use with an AC adapter, it must be well filtered and hum -free or the noise will be combined with the signal. For the jfet or mosfet circuits that use a single resistor on the gate for bias, you can increase the value of R1 to provide a higher input impedance. I typically use jfets on inputs and bipolars for output buffers where their better drive characteristics are nee ded.



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