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Oscilloscopes - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780750647571, 9780080513423


5th Edition

Author: Ian Hickman
eBook ISBN: 9780080513423
Paperback ISBN: 9780750647571
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 17th November 2000
Page Count: 262
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Oscilloscopes are essential tools for checking circuit operation and diagnosing faults, and an enormous range of models are available. But which is the right one for a particular application? Which features are essential and which not so important? Ian Hickman has the answers.

This handy guide to oscilloscopes is essential reading for anyone who has to use a 'scope for their work or hobby: electronics designers, technicians, anyone in industry involved in test and measurement, electronics enthusiasts... Ian Hickman's review of all the latest types of 'scope currently available will prove especially useful for anyone planning to buy - or even build - an oscilloscope.

The science and electronics of how oscilloscopes work is explained in order to enhance the reader's appreciation of how to use their 'scope. The practical use of oscilloscope is explained with clarity and supported with examples, encouraging the reader to think about the application of their oscilloscope and improve their use of this complex instrument.

The advance of digital technology makes this timely revision of Ian Hickman's well known book an essential update for electronics professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Key Features

  • The only fully up-to-date guide to oscilloscopes available
  • A practical guide to getting the most out of an oscilloscope
  • Essential reading for anyone planning to invest in an expensive piece of equipment


Electronics - professional, student and amateur

Table of Contents

The basic oscilloscope
Advanced real-time oscilloscope
Using oscilloscopes
Sampling oscilloscopes
Digital storage oscilloscopes
Oscilloscopes for special purposes
How oscilloscopes work (1): the CRT; How oscilloscopes work (2): circuitry; How oscilloscopes work (3): storage CRTS
Appendix 1: Cathode ray tube phosphor data
Appendix 2: Oscilloscope manufacturers and suppliers


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About the Author

Ian Hickman

Affiliations and Expertise

Electronics author and freelance journalist


"...provide a definitive, up-to-date guide to choosing using and understanding more about osilloscopes." --What's New in Electronics, January 2001

"The readers appreciation of how to use their scope is enhanced by thorough explanations. Ian Hickman explains the practical use of the oscilloscope and supports with examples." --Electronics Manufacture and Test, February 2001

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