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Old 6th July 2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default Cathode Follower, where is the 3d H gone?

Hi gents
I was playin on LTSpice around the idea of a tube line amplifier, capable of driving a solid state amp trough some long cables,
While working at it, I found that this one, not optimally biased, exhibits an FFT behaviour that seems to me, somewhat curious,
It is a simulation error, or such a circuit can perform that way in the real world?
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Old 6th July 2012, 04:03 AM   #2
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I've seen harmonic cancellation in multi-stage amps before. They simulate and measure nearly the same.

Harmonic content varies with bias point. If you get two stages biased at the optimal (but possibly different) points they may do considerable harmonic cancellation. However, it usually is very configuration specific.
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Old 6th July 2012, 05:55 AM   #3
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Hey M,

Error due to to short time!

.tran 0 100m 60m 1u

This is what you should expect when doing a proper FFT:
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Old 6th July 2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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indeed. do not absolutely trust the LT FFT analysis. it's a great tool, but toying with time-steps, simulation time, compression and other options can give wildly different graphs for the same circuit. Always measure real-world performance and if there should be a 3rd harmonic, there will be.
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Old 6th July 2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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A 'negative' amount of 3rd should have warned you that the FFT was in trouble. FFT does lots of calculations on samples of your waveform. Small numbers coming out of the FFT are the result of lots of cancellations of big numbers, so more likely to be be meaningless than bigger numbers (e.g. fundamental) if you have insufficient data, wrong windowing etc.
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Old 6th July 2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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Hey,
Donīt complicate this to much, its only a matter of knowing how to use a program. Mosquito didnīt know how to use the LTSpice FFT, thats all. With the .tran commando I gave, it will work like intended.
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Old 6th July 2012, 01:37 PM   #7
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Simply following your advice may make it work, but he still won't know why it makes it work. I generally find understanding is a useful thing. I deliberately kept my comments very simple - did I mention orthonormal basis sets for inner-product spaces?
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in infinite dimensions?
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Old 6th July 2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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Finite dimensions for the FFT. Infinite for a real Fourier analysis.
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Old 6th July 2012, 03:35 PM   #10
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Hi again
Many thanks You all for the sharp comments.
In fact looking at the first image , the small ammount of negative 3dH must be warned me about somethig gone wrong. Lesson learned.
LTspice , and particulary the FFT analysis, are powerfull tools, but if the user isn't completely aware about what he is doing, it's somewhat like give a razor blade to a monkey... :-))
Again thanks Lars, DF96 and the others for the useful info and tips. I'm here just to learn.

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