Author: Leonard Krugman
This chapter deals with the operation and circuitry of transistor oscillators. In general, these fall into two categories: the feedback (or vacuum tube equivalent) types, and the negative-resistance (or current multiplying) type. Transistor oscillators are capable of sine-wave generation by every mode of operation now feasible in vacuum-tube circuits, plus some additional novel modes. This chapter covers the capabilities of the transistor as an oscillator in basic rather than specific designs. A number of numerical examples and specific values are included to illustrate the fundamental concepts involved. An analysis of relaxation, frequency multiplication, frequency division, and triggering in the transistor is also included.