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Electronics Engineer's Reference Book - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780408001687, 9781483161273

Electronics Engineer's Reference Book

4th Edition

Editor: L. W. Turner
eBook ISBN: 9781483161273
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 1200
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Electronics Engineer’s Reference Book, 4th Edition is a reference book for electronic engineers that reviews the knowledge and techniques in electronics engineering and covers topics ranging from basics to materials and components, devices, circuits, measurements, and applications. This edition is comprised of 27 chapters; the first of which presents general information on electronics engineering, including terminology, mathematical equations, mathematical signs and symbols, and Greek alphabet and symbols. Attention then turns to the history of electronics; electromagnetic and nuclear radiation; the influence of the ionosphere and the troposphere on the propagation of radio waves; and basic electronic circuits. The reader is also introduced to devices such as electron valves and tubes, integrated circuits, and solid-state devices. The remaining chapters focus on other areas of electronics engineering, including sound and video recording; electronic music and radio astronomy; and applications of electronics in weather forecasting, space exploration, and education. This book will be of value to electronics engineers and professionals in other engineering disciplines, as well as to scientists, students, management personnel, educators, and readers with a general interest in electronics and their applications.

Table of Contents

1 General Information



Universal Constants in SI Units

Metric to Imperial Conversion Factors

Symbols and Abbreviations

Mathematical Signs and Symbols

Mathematical Formula

Relation between Decibels, Current and Voltage Ratio, and Power Ratio

Metric and Decimal Equivalent of Fractions of an Inch

Greek Alphabet and Symbols

2 History of Electronics

Electronics in the Nineteenth Century

Electronics in the Twentieth Century

3 General Physical Background

Physical Quantities


Nuclear Physics

Physical Constants

4 General Background to Electromagnetic and Nuclear Radiation

Electromagnetic Radiation

Nuclear Radiation

5 The Ionosphere and the Troposphere

Their Influence on Radio Wave Propagation

The Ionosphere

The Troposphere

6 Electronic Materials and Components

Resistive Materials and Components

Dielectric Materials and Components

Materials and Their Compounds for Solid-State Devices

Printed Circuits

Piezoelectric Materials and Effects

Magnetic Materials


7 Electron Valves and Tubes

Small Valves

High-Power Transmitting Valves



Traveling-Wave Tubes

Cathode-Ray Tubes

Television Picture Tube

Television Camera Tubes

Cold-Cathode Gas-Filled Tubes

Hot-Cathode Gas Filled Valves


X-Ray Tubes

8 Solid-State Devices

Semiconductor Materials

PN Junctions

Junction Diodes

Diode Tables


Transistor Tables


Thyristor Tables

9 Photo-Electronic Devices

Photoconductive Devices

Photovoltaic Devices

Photoemissive Devices

Solar Cell

Symbols for Principal Parameters of Photo-Electronic Devices

10 Electro-Optic Devices


Light-Emitting Displays

Passive Electro-optic Displays


11 Integrated Circuits

Types of Integrated Circuit

Development of the Integrated Circuit

Manufacture of Integrated Circuits

Applications of Integrated Circuits

12 Microelectronics

Techniques for Microelectronics

Thin-Film Circuits

Thick-Film Circuits

Hybrid Circuits

Microwave Integrated Circuits

13 Basic Electronic Circuits

Valve Amplifying Circuits

Bipolar-Transistor Amplifying Circuits

Field-Effect Transistor Amplifying Circuits

Wideband Amplifiers

Tuned Amplifiers

Detectors and Discriminators


Frequency Changers

Sawtooth Generators

Pulse Generators

Pulse-Shaping Circuits

Digital Techniques

Rectifiers and Power Supplies

14 Electronic Instrumentation and Measurements

Cathode-Ray Oscilloscopes


Angalogue Voltmeters

Digital Voltmeters

Thermocouples and Thermo-electric Effects

The Electron Microscope

Noise and Sound Measurement Acoustic Measurements

15 Telecommunications

Noise and Communication Theory

Modulation Theory and Systems

Broadcasting Frequency Bands and Propagation Characteristics

Broadcasting Transmitters

Sound Broadcasting

Black and White Television Broadcasting

Color Television Systems

Television Standards Conversion

High Quality Sound Distribution for Television and Sound Broadcasting

Cable Television

Sound and Television Receivers

Communication Satellites

Optical Communication Using Lasers

Data Systems

Electronic Telephone Exchanges

16 Sound and Video Recording

Sound Recording on Magnetic Tape

Videotape Recording

Television Film Recording

17 Electronic Music

Electronic Organs

Radiophonic Sound and Music

18 Radar Systems

Primary Radar

Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR)

19 Electronics in Weather Forecasting

The Basic Data Set


The Basic Data Set

Artificial Earth Satellites

Telecommunications Computation Interpretation

20 Radio Astronomy

Early History


Radio Astronomy Receivers

Radar Astronomy

Solar System Radio Astronomy

Galactic Radio Astronomy

Extra-Galactic Radio Astronomy

21 Electronics in Space Exploration

Sounding Rocket Electronics

Near Earth Spacecraft

Deep Space Probes

22 Electronic Aids in Education


Types of Equipment

23 Public Address and Sound Reinforcement Systems

Acoustic Feedback

100 Volt Line Loudspeaker Distribution System

Codes of Practice and Recommendations for Sound Systems



Controlled Time Delay Systems

24 Electronics in Industry and Business

Automation, Control and Measurement

Industrial Process Heating

Industrial Laser Applications


Personal Electronic Calculators

Electronic Clocks and Clock Systems

Electronic Fire Detection Systems

Electronics in Security Systems

25 Electronic Applications in Transport


Marine and Oceanography

Motor Vehicles

Motor Vehicle Testing

Road Traffic Control


26 Particle Accelerators for Nuclear Research

Direct Accelerators

Indirect (Orbital) Accelerators

Linear Accelerators

Large Machines

27 Electronic Aids to Medicine


Electronic Instruments

The Laser in Medicine and Its Safe Use



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