The Ground Myth

  • Bruce R. Archambeault
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 696)


The term “ground” is probably the most misused and misunderstood term in EMC engineering, and in fact, in all of circuit design. Ground is considered to be a zero potential region with zero resistance and zero impedance at all frequencies. This is just not the case in practical high-speed designs. The one thing that should be remembered whenever the term “ground” is used, is that “Ground is a place where potatoes and carrots thrive”! By keeping this firmly in mind, many of the causes of EMC emissions problems would be eliminated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce R. Archambeault
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  1. 1.IBM CorporationResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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