potential divider


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potential divider

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(Electronics) a tapped or variable resistor or a chain of fixed resistors in series, connected across a source of voltage and used to obtain a desired fraction of the total voltage. Also called: voltage divider
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Noun1.potential divider - resistors connected in series across a voltage sourcepotential divider - resistors connected in series across a voltage source; used to obtain a desired fraction of the voltage
potentiometer, pot - a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets
resistor, resistance - an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
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(2) Potential Divider. The entirety of the power supply cannot be applied across the sensor as in that case the voltage drop across the flex sensor will be the same as the supplied power regardless of any change in resistance.
The discharge gap voltage was measured using the North Star High Voltage compensated capacitance-ohm potential divider (PD) of a PVM-12 type with the dividing coefficient of 1:1000, bandwidth of 80 MHz and the maximum pulse voltage of 32 kV.
The IR receiver is connected to the Vcc through the resistor which acts as potential divider. The potential divider output is connected to amplifier section.

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