Differentiator design - Meeting design requirements

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Joined Jun 7, 2020
If I needed a differentiator amplifier to have a maximum voltage output of +12V and a maximum signal slope of 0.2 Volts per microsecond, what components or component values can I use to achieve this?


Joined Mar 31, 2012
There are many differentiator circuits out there. Some use opamps, some use transistors, some use vacuum tubes, some use other things. Might it not be a good idea to first come up with a circuit that, conceptually, performs the function you want and then determine what specifications you needs from the components that make up that circuit?

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Joined Jun 7, 2020
I assume you mean "differential"?
Not sure if that's the same thing or not but the question states a 'Differentiator Amplifier'. It involves the circuit shown below:
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I'm using the value for signal slope (0.2) as the rate of change of input voltage signal with respect to time, and I'm assuming the output voltage is 10V across the Rf terminals, I just don't understand how the current is split across the parallel components.


Joined Mar 14, 2008
That circuit is a combined high-pass (R1C1) and low-pass (CfRf) (bandpass) filter, not just a differentiator
A pure differentiator would consist of just C1 and Rf.

What is the exact signal you are trying to differentiate?
Your requirements are too vague.


Joined Jun 13, 2013
It may be noisy but why would it be unstable?
Because it is very probable that the loop gain drops with 40dB/dec around the 0dB-cross-over.
(Open-loop gain as well as the feedback factor both drop with app. 20dB/dec).
Hence, for stabilizing the circuit, a resistor in series to the input capacitor is necessary.