Solid State Oscilloscopes

Written by Patty Yu
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In the physical world, everything moves in the form of waves, be it waves in the ocean, an explosion, sound cutting through the air, or even the frequency of our bodies moving. In all solids, atoms vibrate through their equilibrium points. To understand these vibrations all around us is how the study of solid state physics developed.

By understanding solid state physics, scientists may achieve many goals that benefit society. Through observing the effects of solids, new techniques and products are developed, first through experimentation. Studying solid state physics led directly to the development of the transistor, which allows waves to move along different solid materials. Everything electronic we see and use has transistors moving energy through various circuits.

Solid State Oscilloscopes

Perfecting the performance of electronic equipment requires the designer to know exactly how energy, in the form of waves, is moving through the circuits. The Oscilloscope was designed specifically to read and display such waves, allowing the designer a direct view as to how the device works. Sensors on the oscilloscope convert wave forms into electrical signals, which are often translated and displayed through a screen.

The oscilloscope essentially draws a graph of the electronic signal, which provide designers with important information. Seeing waveform details, transients, edges and noise, lets a designer work effectively to create proper timing relationships that are essential for electronics to run efficiently. Oscilloscopes are windows to how signals interact within an electronic device.


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