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1 A Brief History of Electricity
Discussion D1.1

2 Some Electrical Pioneers
Ancient Greeks William Gilbert Pieter van Musschenbroek Benjamin Franklin Charles Coulomb Alessandro Volta Hans Christian Oersted

3 Some Electrical Pioneers (cont.)
Andre-Marie Ampere Michael Faraday Joseph Henry James Clerk Maxwell Heinrich Hertz J. J. Thomson Albert Einstein

4 Some Electrical Inventors
Samuel F. B. Morse (Telegraph) Guglielmo Marconi (Wireless telegraph) Thomas Edison (Electric lights …..) Nikola Tesla (A.C. generators, motors) John Bardeen and Walter Brattain Transistor Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce Integrated Circuit Marcian (Ted) Hoff (microprocessor)

5 Ancient Greeks – Static Electricity
Rub amber with wool. Amber becomes negatively charged by attracting negative charges (electrons) from the wool. The wool becomes positively charged. The amber can then pick up a feather. How?

6 William Gilbert ( ) English scientist and physician to Queen Elizabeth. Coined the word “electricity” from the Greek word elektron meaning amber. In 1600 published "De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure" ("On the Magnet, Magnetic Bodies, and the Great Magnet of the Earth"). Showed that frictional (static) electricity occurs in many common materials.

7 Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692 – 1761)
Dutch physicist from Leiden, Netherlands, who discovered capacitance and invented the Leyden jar. Leyden jar (also called condenser) Ref:

8 Leyden Jars Q = C x V = 700 x 10-12 x 175 x 103
= x 10-4 coulombs 700 pF, 175 KV No. of electrons = 1.225 x 10-4 coulombs / 1.6 x coul/elec = 7.66 x 1014 electrons Refs:

9 Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) Conducted many experiments on static electricity from 1746 – 1751 (including his lightning experiment) and became famous throughout Europe by describing these experiments in a series of letters to Peter Collinson.

10 Charles Coulomb (1736 – 1806) Using a torsion balance Coulomb in 1784 experimentally determined the law according to which charged bodies attract or repel each other. Coulomb’s Law Unit: Newton meter2 / coulomb2 volt meter / coulomb

11 Alessandro Volta (1745 – 1827) Interpreted Galvani’s experiment with decapitated frogs as involving the generation of current flowing through the moist flesh of the frog’s leg between two dissimilar metals. Argued with Galvani that the frog was unnecessary. In 1799 he developed the first battery (voltaic pile) that generated current from the chemical reaction of zinc and copper discs separated from each other with cardboard discs soaked in a salt solution. The energy in joules required to move a charge of one coulomb through an element is 1 volt.

12 Hans Christian Oersted (1777 – 1851)
X 1822 In 1820 he showed that a current produces a magnetic field. Ref:

13 André-Marie Ampère (1775 – 1836)
French mathematics professor who only a week after learning of Oersted’s discoveries in Sept demonstrated that parallel wires carrying currents attract and repel each other. attract A moving charge of 1 coulomb per second is a current of 1 ampere (amp). repel

14 Faraday’s electromagnetic
Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867) Self-taught English chemist and physicist discovered electromagnetic induction in 1831 by which a changing magnetic field induces an electric field. A capacitance of 1 coulomb per volt is called a farad (F) Faraday’s electromagnetic induction ring

15 Joseph Henry (1797 – 1878) American scientist, Princeton University professor, and first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Built the largest electromagnets of his day Discovered self-induction Unit of inductance, L, is the “Henry”

16 James Clerk Maxwell (1831 – 1879)
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland; Taught at King’s College in London ( ) and was the first Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge ( ). Provided a mathematical description of Faraday’s lines of force. Developed “Maxwell’s Equations” which describe the interaction of electric and magnetic fields. Predicted that light was a form of electromagnetic waves

17 “From a long view of the history of mankind - seen from, say, ten thousand years from now - there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade”. -- Richard P. Feynman The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. II, page 1-11

18 What do Maxwell’s Eqs. Predict?
Corresponds to Coulomb’s Law e = electrical permittivity E

19 What do Maxwell’s Eqs. Predict?
B = magnetic flux density (magnetic induction) m = magnetic permeability Magnetic field lines must be closed loops Force on moving charge q Lorentz force B

20 What do Maxwell’s Eqs. Predict?
Corresponds to Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction A changing magnetic flux B density induces a curl of E The rate of change of magnetic flux through an area A induces an electromotive force (voltage) equal to the line integral of E around the area A. Motors and generators are based on this principle

21 What do Maxwell’s Eqs. Predict?
= permeability of free space = permittivity of free space B J Extra term added by Maxwell X corresponds to Ampere’s Law

22 What do Maxwell’s Eqs. Predict?
In free space (J = 0) These two equations can be combined to form the wave equation Solutions to this equation are waves that propagate with a velocity c given by (the speed of light!)

23 James Clerk Maxwell (1831 – 1879)
By the time that Maxwell died in 1879 at the age of 48 most scientists were not convinced of his prediction of electromagnetic waves. They had never been observed. No one knew how to generate them or to detect them. They would be discovered by Heinrich Hertz in 1887 and this would eventually lead to radio, television, and cell phones…. Predicted that light was a form of electromagnetic waves

24 Heinrich Hertz (1857 – 1894) Generates and detects electromagnetic waves in 1887 The frequency of electrical signals is measured in hertz (cycles/second) Ref:

25 Sir Joseph John Thomson (1856 – 1940)
Discovers the electron in 1898 Cathode Tube J. J. Thomson Electric Field -- “corpuscle” Cavendish Labs

26 Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) In 1905 publishes his Special Theory of Relativity based on two postulates: 1. Absolute uniform motion cannot be detected by any means. 2. Light is propagated in empty space with a velocity c which is independent of the motion of the source. This theory predicts seemingly unusual effects such as the measured length of moving bodies and time intervals being dependent on the frame of reference being used for the measurement.

27 Opening paragraph of “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” by Albert Einstein, Annalen der Physik 17 (1905), p. 891. “It is well known that if we attempt to apply Maxwell's electro-dynamics, as conceived at the present time, to moving bodies, we are led to asymmetry which does not agree with observed phenomena. Let us think of the mutual action between a magnet and a conductor. The observed phenomena in this case depend only on the relative motion of the conductor and the magnet, while according to the usual conception, a distinction must be made between the cases where the one or the other of the bodies is in motion. If, for example, the magnet moves and the conductor is at rest, then an electric field of certain energy value is produced in the neighborhood of the magnet, which excites a current in those parts of the field where a conductor exists. But if the magnet be at rest and the conductor be set in motion, no electric field is produced in the neighborhood of the magnet, but an electromotive force which corresponds to no energy in itself is produced in the conductor; this causes an electric current of the same magnitude and in the same direction as the electric force, it being of course assumed that the relative motion in both of these cases is the same”.

28 Some Electrical Inventors
Samuel F. B. Morse (Telegraph) Guglielmo Marconi (Wireless telegraph) Thomas Edison (Electric lights …..) Nikola Tesla (A.C. generators, motors) John Bardeen and Walter Brattain Transistor Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce Integrated Circuit

29 The Telegraph Samuel F. B. Morse (1791 – 1872)






35 The Telegraph Samuel F. B. Morse (1791 – 1872)

36 Wireless Telegraph Guglielmo Marconi Marconi Spark Transmitter
Built at the Hall Street Chelmsford Factory September, 1897

37 Replica of original lightbulb
Electric Lights Thomas Edison Replica of original lightbulb Patent #223,898 Invented and developed complete DC electric generation and distribution system for city lighting systems Carried on a major competition with George Westinghouse who developed an AC generation and distribution system

38 Alternating Current (AC) Systems
Nikola Tesla Over 700 patents Rotating magnetic field principle Polyphase alternating-current system Inducton motor AC power transmission Telephone repeater Tesla coil transfromer Radio Fluorescent lights

39 The First Point-Contact Transistor 1947
Bell Labs Museum The First Point-Contact Transistor 1947

40 The First Junction Transistor 1951
Bell Labs The First Junction Transistor 1951 M1752 Outside the Lab Lab model

41 Texas Instrument’s First IC -- 1958
Jack Kilby Robert Noyce Fairchild Intel


43 Electronics, Volume 38, Number 8, April 19, 1965

44 Moore’s Law

45 Moore’s Law

46 Moore’s law Wow This growth rate is hard to imagine, most people underestimate How many ancestors do you have from 20 generations ago i.e., roughly how many people alive in the 1500’s did it take to make you? 220 = more than 1 million people

47 Graphical illustration of Moore’s law
1981 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1999 2002 10,000 transistors 150,000,000 transistors Leading edge chip in 1981 Leading edge chip in 2002 Something that doubles frequently grows more quickly than most people realize! A 2002 chip can hold about 15, chips inside itself

48 This year’s transistors are just twice the size of a virus
Nick Tredennick Gilder Technology Report


50 Intel 4004 source: Computer Museum


52 January 1975 cover of Popular Electronics



55 Time's Man of the Year (1982)

56 Moore's Law leads to need for Electronic Design Automation (EDA)

57 Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
PSpice – analyze analog circuits SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis) 1970s: SPICE – Nagel and Pederson 1980s: PSpice – Microsim Corp. 1998: Merged with OrCAD

58 Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
Verilog – Digital Design 1984: Gateway Design Automation Inc. 1990: acquired by Cadence Design System 1995: Verilog becomes an IEEE Standard VHDL – Digital Design V: VHSIC (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit) HDL: Hardware Description Language Developed under government contract in the 1980s 1987 (1993) IEEE standard (IEEE 1076)

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