Cancel trace inductance with capacitance?

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  1. coinmaster

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    Inductors try to prevent current change by floating voltage and capacitors try to prevent voltage change by floating current.

    Let's say you had a wire with 1mh of inductance from end to end. Could you not use an equivalent capacitance to effectively negate the inductance?
     
  2. Alec_t

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    If you connect the inductor in series with a capacitor then the combined impedance will be zero at one specific AC frequency.
    Resonance.PNG
    In the above example circuit the output voltage has 0dB attenuation at a frequency of about 50kHz.
     
  3. coinmaster

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    What about in parallel?
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    Does that look right?
     
  4. crutschow

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    That only works for one frequency, of course.
     
  5. Alec_t

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    No. The parallel combination has maximum impedance (not zero) at the resonant frequency.
     
  6. crutschow

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    Of course.
    You have to put them in series to get minimum impedance.
     
  7. coinmaster

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    Except DC can't travel through a cap :(
    Oh well, guess I just have to minimize wire length to begin with.
     
  8. kubeek

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    Or use a controlled impedance trace aka transmission line.
     
  9. ronv

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    Tell us what you are trying to do or what your concern is. We may be answering the wrong question.
     
  10. coinmaster

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    Nothing special.
    Just trying to minimize inductance between components in my amplifier builds. LTspice simulations show that even small inductance can cause big issues.
    It would be nice if I could not have to worry about inductance when laying out components.
     
  11. RichardO

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    An audio preamp ia a lot different than an FM transmitter output stage. ;)
    Can you tell us more about your amplifiers -- such as frequency and signal/power levels?
     
  12. ronv

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    As @RichardO says, it is usually not a problem with low frequency amplifiers. That's because the impedance of the traces is low at low frequencies (Z=2pif).
    But if the frequency is high decoupling is a good idea.
     
  13. ronv

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    Here is a calculator so you can see how big the "loop" would need to be to make a large inductor.
    http://www.daycounter.com/Calculators/Air-Core-Inductor-Calculator.phtml
     
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