Operator o and analysis of harmonic distortion

Andrzej Marek Borys


It has been shown that the description of mildly nonlinear circuits with the use of an operator o introduced by Meyer and Stephens in their paper published more than forty years ago was flawed. The problem now with their incorrect and imprecise definition is that it is still replicated in one or another form, as, for example, in publications of Palumbo and Pennisi on harmonic distortion calculation in integrated CMOS amplifiers or an article of Shrimali and Chatterjee on nonlinear distortion analysis of a three-terminal MOS-based parametric amplifier. Here, we discuss the versions of o operator presented in the works mentioned above and show points, where mistakes were committed. Also, we derive the correct forms of nonlinear circuit descriptions that should be used.

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