Sep 182014

# Wien-bridge Oscillator using Op-Amp

The **Wien-bridge oscillator**, as shown on the basic outline of the diagram below, consists of an Operational Amplifier (OA) in a non-inverting configuration with gain 1+R2/R1 and a RC feedback network with the following transfer function:

Where:

Combining the first and the second equation we get:

The loop gain (BA) is:

The Barkhausen criterion defines the conditions for oscillation at frequency ƒo:

To ensure the conditions of oscillation, R2/R1 must be chosen slightly higher than 2 to correct small variations in the circuit. Furthermore, the amplitude of oscillation can be determined and stabilized using a nonlinear circuit as shown in picture above. The diodes D1 and D2 and resistors R2 and R3 act as limiting the output amplitude.