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A voltage source is a two- terminal device which can maintain a fixed
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voltage
. An ideal voltage source can maintain the fixed voltage independent of the
load resistanceThe input impedance of an electrical network is the measure of the opposition to current ( impedance), both static ( resistance) and dynamic ( reactance), into the load network that is ''external'' to the electrical source. The input admittance (1/i ...
or the output
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. However, a real-world voltage source cannot supply unlimited current. A voltage source is the
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of a
current source A current source is an electronic circuit that delivers or absorbs an electric current which is independent of the voltage across it. A current source is the duality (electrical circuits), dual of a voltage source. The term ''current sink'' is so ...

current source
. Real-world sources of electrical energy, such as
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and generators, can be modeled for analysis purposes as a combination of an ideal voltage source and additional combinations of impedance elements.


Ideal voltage sources

An ideal voltage source is a two-terminal device that maintains a fixed voltage drop across its terminals. It is often used as a mathematical abstraction that simplifies the analysis of real electric circuits. If the voltage across an ideal voltage source can be specified independently of any other variable in a circuit, it is called an independent voltage source. Conversely, if the voltage across an ideal voltage source is determined by some other voltage or current in a circuit, it is called a dependent or controlled voltage source. A mathematical model of an amplifier will include dependent voltage sources whose magnitude is governed by some fixed relation to an input signal, for example.K. C. A. Smith, R. E. Alley , ''Electrical circuits: an introduction'', Cambridge University Press, 1992 , pp. 11-13 In the analysis of faults on electrical power systems, the whole network of interconnected sources and transmission lines can be usefully replaced by an ideal (AC) voltage source and a single equivalent impedance. , - align="center" , style="padding: 1em 2em 0;", , style="padding: 1em 2em 0;", , - align="center" , Ideal Voltage Source ,
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internal resistance
of an ideal voltage source is zero; it is able to supply or absorb any amount of current. The current through an ideal voltage source is completely determined by the external circuit. When connected to an open circuit, there is zero current and thus zero power. When connected to a
load resistanceThe input impedance of an electrical network is the measure of the opposition to current ( impedance), both static ( resistance) and dynamic ( reactance), into the load network that is ''external'' to the electrical source. The input admittance (1/i ...
, the current through the source approaches infinity as the load resistance approaches zero (a short circuit). Thus, an ideal voltage source can supply unlimited power. If two ideal independent voltage source are directly connected in
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, they must have exactly the same voltage; Otherwise, it creates a
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in logic, similar to writing down the equation 1=2. Voltage sources in parallel shares the burden of current: If an exact duplicate of voltage is connected in parallel to the original one, either one of them will provide half of the
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that the original voltage source would provide. For the remainder of the circuit, nothing has changed: These two voltage sources together provide the same voltage, and the same current as the original one alone. No real voltage source is ideal; all have a non-zero effective internal resistance, and none can supply unlimited current. However, the internal resistance of a real voltage source is effectively modeled in linear circuit analysis by combining a non-zero resistance in series with an ideal voltage source (a Thévenin equivalent circuit).


Comparison between voltage and current sources

Most sources of electrical energy (the mains, a
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) are modeled as voltage sources. An ''ideal'' voltage source provides no energy when it is loaded by an
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(i.e. an infinite impedance), but approaches infinite energy and current when the
load resistanceThe input impedance of an electrical network is the measure of the opposition to current ( impedance), both static ( resistance) and dynamic ( reactance), into the load network that is ''external'' to the electrical source. The input admittance (1/i ...
approaches zero (a
short circuit A short circuit (sometimes abbreviated to short or s/c) is an electrical circuit An electrical network is an interconnection of electronic component, electrical components (e.g., battery (electricity), batteries, resistors, inductors, capaci ...

short circuit
). Such a theoretical device would have a zero
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output impedance The output impedance of an electrical network An electrical network is an interconnection of electronic component, electrical components (e.g., battery (electricity), batteries, resistors, inductors, capacitors, switches, transistors) or a mo ...
in series with the source. A real-world voltage source has a very low, but non-zero
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internal resistance
and
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, often much less than 1 ohm. Conversely, a
current source A current source is an electronic circuit that delivers or absorbs an electric current which is independent of the voltage across it. A current source is the duality (electrical circuits), dual of a voltage source. The term ''current sink'' is so ...

current source
provides a constant current, as long as the load connected to the source terminals has sufficiently low impedance. An ideal current source would provide no energy to a short circuit and approach infinite energy and voltage as the
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approaches infinity (an open circuit). An ''ideal'' current source has an
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in parallel with the source. A ''real-world'' current source has a very high, but finite
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. In the case of transistor current sources, impedance of a few
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s (at low frequencies) is typical. Since no ideal sources of either variety exist (all real-world examples have finite and non-zero source impedance), any current source can be considered as a voltage source with the ''same''
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and vice versa. Voltage sources and current sources are sometimes said to be
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s of each other and any non ideal source can be converted from one to the other by applying
Norton's theorem In direct-current circuit theory, Norton's theorem (aka Mayer–Norton theorem) is a simplification that can be applied to networks made of linear time-invariant resistances, voltage sources, and current sources. At a pair of terminals of the n ...
or
Thévenin's theorem As originally stated in terms of direct-current resistive circuits only, Thévenin's theorem states that, ''"For any linear electrical network An electrical network is an interconnection of electrical components (e.g., batteries, resist ...
.


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See also

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Bandgap voltage reference In solid-state physics, a band gap, also called an energy gap, is an energy range in a solid where no electronic states can exist. In graphs of the electronic band structure of solids, the band gap generally refers to the energy difference (in ...
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Voltage divider In electronics The field of electronics is a branch of physics and electrical engineering that deals with the emission, behaviour and effects of electrons The electron is a subatomic particle In physical sciences, subatomic particles ...

Voltage divider
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Voltage reference A voltage reference is an electronic device that ideally produces a fixed (constant) voltage irrespective of the loading on the device, power supply variations, temperature changes, and the passage of time. Voltage references are used in power supp ...
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Voltage regulator A voltage regulator is a system designed to automatically maintain a constant voltage. A voltage regulator may use a simple feed-forward Feedforward is the provision of context of what one wants to communicate prior to that communication. In purp ...

Voltage regulator
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