Figure 2-1B.Interelectrode capacitance in a vacuum tube. 100 MEGAHERTZ.
Figure 2-1C.Interelectrode capacitance in a vacuum tube. INTERELECTRODE CAPACITANCE IN A
TUNED-PLATE TUNED-GRID OSCILLATOR.
A good point to remember is that the higher the frequency, or the larger the interelectrode
capacitance, the higher will be the current through this capacitance. The circuit in figure 2-1C, shows the
interelectrode capacitance between the grid and the cathode (Cgk) in parallel with the signal source. As
the frequency of the input signal increases, the effective grid-to-cathode impedance of the tube decreases
because of a decrease in the reactance of the interelectrode capacitance. If the signal frequency is 100
megahertz or greater, the reactance of the grid-to-cathode capacitance is so small that much of the signal
is short-circuited within the tube. Since the interelectrode capacitances are effectively in parallel with the
tuned circuits, as shown in figures 2-1A, B, and C, they will also affect the frequency at which the tuned
Another frequency-limiting factor is the LEAD INDUCTANCE of the tube elements. Since the lead
inductances within a tube are effectively in parallel with the interelectrode capacitance, the net effect is to
raise the frequency limit. However, the inductance of the cathode lead is common to both the grid and
plate circuits. This provides a path for degenerative feedback which reduces overall circuit efficiency.