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Extracting Loop Gain and Phase Information from Simulation

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TucsonMike
TucsonMike
8/21/2018 4:23:50 PM
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Re: Alternative technique
Thanks Man21, I vaguely recall this technique and it is probably quite valid as well. There are usually multiple ways to tackle these issues. I could not find a description of what he was doing there, but I suspect he is just solving backwards for the LG inside the full transfer function. So if you have gain phase info closed loop you should be able to dump that data out into some code that will solve for the loop gain. That would be more steps, while the solution we actually use shown in the article is pretty quick and should give the same results. I may buy that book though, seems like a good addition to my library - thanks. 

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Man21
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8/17/2018 7:31:54 AM
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Alternative technique
Paul Tuinenga in his book SPICE: A guide to Circuit Simulation and Analysis Using PSpice (section 6.9, p59, Plotting Loop Gain, in my 1998 edition) develops a technique for determining loop gain in a closed-loop circuit without having to break or alter the circuit. It would be interesting to see if that approach produced similar results to those in the present  article. It may be noted that my version of Tuinenga's analysis results in a small difference in his final equationon for T on p63 with -2 rather than +2 in the denominator.

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