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Lab 7
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Lab 7 DC Biasing and Operation of a JFET Amplifier

Note: You are required to submit a lab report; however, you must present your lab results and any
analysis to the lab demonstrator for assessment. All graphs, if any, must be clearly drawn, preferably
using MS Excel or using Matlab, and thoroughly explained together with any waveforms. Your
hardware work will be assessed towards the end of the lab session but you can get your work checked
at the end of each part if you want.
The aim of this lab is to:
obtain the characteristics curve of the field effect transistor,
determine the input and output voltages of a common-source amplifier, and
determine the phase-shift between the input and output voltage.
All equipment mounted on a typical electronics workbench such as power supply, oscilloscope,
signal generator, and multimeter
Resistors: 110M, 110k, 11.5k, and 1560 (or approximate value resistors supplied
by the technicians)
Capacitors: 210F and 11F
JFET: 1J310 n-channel JFET or equivalent
Part I JFET Characteristics Curve (10 marks)
1. To investigate the characteristics of a JFET, connect the circuit shown in Fig. 1 on a breadboard.


Fig. 1
2. Set VDD to +20V, increase the value of VGG until ID just reaches 0 to get VGS(off). Note that ID is also
equal to voltage across RD divided by RD.
3. Set VGG to 0V and record the values of ID and VDS as VDD is increased from 0 to 20V in increments
of 1V.
4. Change VGG to -1V and repeat step 3. Note your Results.
5. Change VGG to -2V and repeat step 3. Note your Results.
6. Using MS Excel, plot the graph of ID vs VDS from the results obtained in step 3, 4, and 5 above.
7. Use your results to plot the transfer characteristics curve.
8. From the graph obtained in step 7, obtain the value of IDSS.

EE212 | Analog Electronics I Name:
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Lab 7
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Part II Common-Source JFET Amplifier (10 marks)

1. To investigate the small signal operation of a JFET common-source amplifier, connect the circuit
shown in Fig. 2.

1.5k C3

RG RS 10k

10M 560 C2

Fig. 2
2. Using one trace of the CRO, adjust the signal generator to 100mVp-p at 10kHz.
3. Using the other trace of the CRO, check that the output waveform is not distorted. (Reduce the
output of the signal generator, as necessary, until an undistorted amplifier output waveform is
4. Measure and record this value of peak-peak signal generator output voltage which represents the
input voltage to the amplifier, Vin.
5. Measure and record the corresponding value of peakpeak amplifier output voltage, Vout. (Vout should
be approximately 10 times Vin)
6. Determine the voltage gain of the amplifier as Av = Vout/Vin.
7. Using both traces of the CRO, measure and record the phase shift, between the input and output
8. Show the procedure for calculating the forward transconductance, gm for the JFET and the voltage
gain, Av of the amplifier.
9. What will be the equation for voltage gain without the bypass capacitor?