Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

E.J. Kennedy

Committee Members

Lewis Nelson, W.J. McClain


Operational amplifiers which are utilized in applications involving the amplification of high-frequency signals and for fast rise-time pulses must have a high slew rate and a wide bandwidth. Integrated circuit, particularly thin-film hybrid, amplifiers with wide bandwidths can be readily obtained; however, monolithic IC's are not readily available with as large a slew rate as can be obtained with discrete-device amplifiers.

The goal of this thesis was to investigate the design of an amplifier using a complementary output stage with the objectives of obtaining low quiescent power dissipation, a slew rate equivalent to the small-signal bandwidth of the amplifier, and a closed-loop gain of 10. The circuit was constructed and tested experimentally, and the results indicated that a slew rate of 200 volts per usec could be obtained using a single complementary output stage.

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