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C1 (DC filter)

Now, we add C1 which decouples the 1st and 2nd stage amplifier. It filters out any DC from from by the instrumentation amplifier. Otherwise the gain of 100 of the OP-amp would amplify the DC further and would drive it into saturation. The cutoff frequency is at f=1/(2 pi RC)=0.2Hz but note that it's a first order highpass so that the transition is very wide.

Note that the value of 1uF is OK for EMG (muscle activity) but for ECG (heart) and EEG (brain wave) a capacitor of 4.7uF is recommended (because it's just 1st order).

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instramp/dcfilter.txt · Last modified: 2014/05/03 01:33 by berndporr