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Conductor Proximity Effect

December 1st Fact-of-the-Day

The current distribution in a conductor is affected by magnetic flux produced by current flowing in any adjacent conductors as well as by magnetic flux produced by current flowing in the conductor itself. This generally causes the RF to DC resistance ratio to be higher than it would be with only simple skin effect. This effect is very important in radio frequency coils, transmission lines, and most other circumstances where radio frequency currents flow simultaneously in adjacent conductors. It is known as the conductor proximity effect. ©2004 Martek International All rights reserved.


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