# [SI-LIST] Re: capacitor impedance in time domain

• From: "group_delay" <group_delay@xxxxxxxxx>
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• Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 22:23:06 -0000

```arpad,
i didn't quite understand some of the characters in your equation.
when you write (finite dV)/(dI = 3D 0) = 3D> infinite impedance,
what do you mean?

yes, in my case the input waveform to the tline is a trapezoidal
signal 0V to 1V. the setup is shown below.

signal source -- 50 ohm resistor -- transmission line-- capacitor to
ground.

when i monitor the voltage at the junction of the resistor and the
tline, i see it jumps to 0.5V initially which makes sense. However,
when the reflection from the end comes back, it dips down very fast
and then rises in an exponential fashion. The dip down looks
parabolic (2nd order). The dip does go to zero for a zero rise time
input, but it does not go to zero for a finite rise time signal. i
am trying to figure out the best way to calculate the amount of this
dip...

thanks for you help.

> You will get full reflection, because the impedance
> you need to use for the equation you quoted is the
> small signal (AC) impedance.  Referring to my previous
> posting a short time ago, the constant current source
> equivalent during the ramping portion of your trapezoid
> waveform has a (finite dV) / (dI =3D 0) =3D> infinite impedance.
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> The question I have for you is this:  where do you mean
> that your waveform is trapezoid?  At the beginning of
> the T-line, or at the end, where the capacitor is?
> If the first, be prepared for a non trapezoid waveform
> at the capacitor, because the T-line and the cap forms
> an RC circuit, who's response is an exponential waveform.
> If the ramp is faster the RC constant you will see
> an exponential waveform, if it is slower, you will see
> a more or less trapezoid waveform.
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> I hope this helps,
>
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> hi all,
> what i really want to do is find out how much waveform gets
reflected
> from the end of a lossless transmission line terminated with a
> lossless capacitor, assuming the input waveform is a trapezoidal
> signal. I know this can be computed using: gamma =3D (Zl-Zo)/
(Zl+Zo),
> but this requires you to calculate Zl for the time domain signal.
If I
> wanted to avoid it and use time domain analysis, how would I setup
the
> equation?
>
> thanks,
> chris
>
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> --- In si-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, steve weir <weirsp@xxxx> wrote:
> > matthias, in the time domain we would solve the differential
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> > difference equations over a series of discrete time steps.  Now
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solving the =
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> > impedance is pretty easy to come by on each:  the rising, and
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> > portions of the waveform from the capacitance expression C =3D
> i/dv/dt, Z =3D=20
> > dv/dt / di/dt =3D 1/(dv/dt * C ).  The flat portions are
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> > the vertices, since dv/dt theoretically goes to zero and the
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> > the formula jumps to an infinite value.  Intuition should tell us
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error=20
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the
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compute =
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> > At 10:13 PM 1/26/2005 +0100, Matthias Bergmann wrote:
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> > >Hello, I don`t understand why impedance should be limited to =
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> > >domain. What impedance are we speaking about ? For example the
> > >characteristicimpedance Z of a transmission line also exists in
> time domain.
> > >If you look along a transmission line, v(t) / i(t) have got
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> > >mostof the simulation programs use the time domain because it
permits
> > >non-linearities. I don`t know how what happens when your
impulse is
> > >trapezoidal, but if it was a rectangular and your load is a
> capacitance, you
> > >are answer would look like an exponential function, with your
> reflection
> > >co-efficient as initial value. Regards, Matthias Bergmann P.S.:
> Yes, use
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