Tektronix: Circuit Concepts Series

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Tektronix: Circuit Concepts Series 
18.Oct.09 16:22

Pius Steiner (CH)
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The Tektronix Series of books provides a valuable reference to oscilloscope design and applications. The vertical amplifier is the component that largely provides the oscilloscope with its  “personality” – the sensitivity, frequency response and accuracy. “Vertical Amplifier Circuits” from 1969 covers both tube and transistor circuit concepts.

Starting from basic consideration of how the cathode ray tube functions, the requirements to provide the deflection voltages from the signal source are considered.    Theory is supplemented by numerous practical circuits to demonstrate the principles. 

Topics included are linearity, bandwidth and accurate attenuators. Consideration is given to the requirements for time-base triggering and delay lines.

Not only does this book aid the understanding of oscilloscopes, it is also valuable as a guide to the general principals of electronics applied to measurement.  

The text and diagrams from the book have been carefully scanned, edited and made fully searchable.  To keep the file sizes easily manageable, it will be issued in two parts of approximately 200 pages each.
(Roy Johnsen)

Vertical Amlifier Circuits Part 1   by Bob Orwiler  (2.12 MByte)
First  Edition 1969


(located in Part 2)
Vertical Amplifiers
Input Circuits and Compensated Attenuators
Transmission Lines

(located in Part 2)
Singel-Ended Amplifiers
Differential Amplifier Family
Fedback Amplifiers


Tektronix published outstanding books about the technology used in their
equipment. Unfortunately the books were only issued in the English
I intend to prepare some of these books for the RM and to demonstrate
that it is not only an intention, here is the first book:

Cathode-Ray Tubes by Chuck DeVere
Second Edition 1969  


Electron Optics,
The Triode Section
Focus and Astigmatism Lens
The Deflection System
Acceleration Schemes
Space Charge Repulsion Effect and Trace Width Phosphors
Human Eye Response
Luminance Characteristics of Phosphors
Spectral Response
Writing Speed
Phosphor Burning
Aluminized Tubes
Light Filters
Trace Alignment
Dual Beam
Dual Gun


absolute writing speed, deflection plate, acceleration schemes,
monoaccelerator, path length correction, post deflection, unblanking,
aluminized tubes, distributed deflection, ambient light, dual beam,
Anode aperture, Dual gun, anode, electrical center, anode region,
electromagnetic beam rotation, aquadag, electron optics, Astigmatism and
focus, electron velocity, beam current, equipotential lines, and space
charge, eye response, control,  first anode, density and time
fluorescence, intercept, focus, beam registration, astigmatism, beam
rotation, electromagnetic, spot size, lens function, blanking,
frame-grid, build-up time, fringing fields, burn resistance, geometric
defocusing, cathode, geometry control, current, graticules, diameter,
grid, grid spacing, grid aperture, cathode spacing, loading, region,
charge density, unblanking, charge repulsion, gun misalignment,
chromaticity chart, heater, CIE, helix, compression, hue, crossover,
human eye response, decay time, lens effect, deflection, light filters,
coils, light-heat ratio, defocusing, light output, distributed,
linearity, deflection, factor, luminance, luminescence, linearity,
magnetic deflection, magnetic, mesh, sensitivity, electrode, system, RFI
shield, yoke,  mesh construction, mesh shadow, monoaccelerator,
orthogonality, para11ax, phosphors, burning, emission, luminance,
spectral response, phosphorescence, photography, polarizing filter, post
deflection acceleration (PDA), projected graticule, push-pull drive,
registration, beam, relative writing speed, RF shield, saturation, scan
limitations, shrinking raster technique, spectral response, single-ended
drive, space charge, beam current, trace width, spot size, trace
alignment, trace width, unblanking, deflection plate, grid, pulse,
voltage cutoff (Vco), writing speed, factors influencing, yoke


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18.Oct.09 21:05

Joe Sousa (USA)
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Joe Sousa

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Hello Pius,

Thank you very much for the top notch scanning and OCR work you have done for this excellent book. I hope the energy stays with you to continue.

Ironically, this time the posted material is in English, which is my second Language.

As many know by now, I read all the German Language content using Google-Translate.

Google-Translate is quite flawed; however the wealth of German Language content comes through, despite the distortions and errors in translation.

For those that have a high tolerance for bad, but just comprehensible German, you might try pasting the pdf link for the Tektronix book into the translation box at


Pius, your superb work with OCR is what makes this mechanized translation possible. The same is true for Thomas Günzel's legendary OCR scanning of Funkschau.

It would be very useful if you could share your OCR method; especially, if it is highliy automated. I have done very manual OCR of German text using Softi OCR, which seems to be no longer available.



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