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JFET Common Drain Amplifier

The common drain FET amplifier is similar to the common collector configuration of the bipolar transistor. A general common drain JFET amplifier, self-biased, is shown in figure 5.18. This configuration, which is sometimes known as a source follower, is characterized by a voltage gain of less than unity, and features a large current gain as a result of having a very large input impedance and a small output impedance.

Figure 5.18:  JFET common drain amplifier.

Using AC circuit analysis

The voltage gain between the gate and source is

If , and we have a voltage follower.

Doug Gingrich
Tue Jul 13 16:55:15 EDT 1999