2nd order low-pass active filter

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  1. hazim

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    For a first order low-pass active amplifier, the capacitor is connected between the positive input of the op-amp and the ground.. Here, in the second order, one capacitor is connected to ground and the other is connected to the output of the op-amp as it's shown in the attached figure. My question is about C1, why it's connected to the output and not to the ground as C2??
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  2. Audioguru

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    Two RC networks have a very droopy response.
    A Butterworth 2nd-order lowpass filter supplies positive feedback to the C1 capacitor to boost the response at the cutoff frequency to make the total response flat up to the cutoff frequency then a sharp drop past the cutoff frequency.
     
  3. hazim

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    Thanks for your quick reply
     
  4. hgmjr

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    Take a look at this Application note on active filters.

    The topology you have posted is the General Sallen Key Low Pass.

    hgmjr
     
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