Oscillators and Time References

  • Valentijn De SmedtEmail author
  • Georges Gielen
  • Wim Dehaene
Part of the Analog Circuits and Signal Processing book series (ACSP, volume 128)


The word oscillator originates from the verb to oscillate which in its turn originates from the Latin word oscillātus (past participle of oscillāre, to swing). In English the word can be understood as ‘any instrument for producing oscillations, a person or thing that oscillates’.


Power Spectral Density Phase Portrait Phase Noise Relaxation Oscillator Oscillator Signal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentijn De Smedt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georges Gielen
    • 1
  • Wim Dehaene
    • 1
  1. 1.ESAT-MICASUniversity of LeuvenHeverleeBelgium

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