thermal noise


thermal noise: The noise generated by thermal agitation of electrons in a conductor. The noise power, P , in watts, is given by P = kT f , where k is Boltzmann's constant in joules per kelvin, T is the conductor temperature in kelvins, and f is the bandwidth in hertz. (188) Note 1: Thermal noise power, per hertz, is equal throughout the frequency spectrum, depending only on k and T . Note 2: For the general case, the above definition may be held to apply to charge carriers in any type of conducting medium. Synonym Johnson noise.


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