The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 291–309 | Cite as

Excess electrical noise during current flow through porous membranes separating ionic solutions

  • Douglas L. Dorset
  • Harvey M. Fishman


Spectral analysis of electrical noise from various artificial membrane systems suggests that excess noise of anf−n spectral form, wheren is approximately unity, is not primarily a bulk phenomenon simply dependent on the number of charge carriers. Measurements from aqueous and nonaqueous electrolytic resistors, comprised of several different ionic species, show only flat power density spectra under applied currents, even at extreme dilutions. Excess noise off−n form is observed under applied d-c current in single pore membranes, as previously reported, but is also seen in multipore and polymer mesh membranes. Calculations based on single pore membrane noise data are in significant variance with the bulk charge carrier model proposed by Hooge. These observations suggest that such excess noise occurs in conjunction with anisotropic constraints to ion flow.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas L. Dorset
    • 1
  • Harvey M. Fishman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesState University of New YorkAlbany

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