- Signal noise
science, and especially in physicsand telecommunication, noise is fluctuations in and the addition of external factors to the stream of target information ("signal") being received at a detector. In communications, it may be deliberate as for instance jammingof a radio or TV signal, but in most cases it is assumed to be merely undesired interference with intended operations. Natural and deliberate noise sources can provide both or either of randominterference or patterned interference. Only the latter can be cancelled effectively in analog systems; however, digital systems are usually constructed in such a way that their quantized signals can be reconstructed perfectly, as long as the noise level remains below a defined maximum, which varies from application to application.Fact|date=August 2007
More specifically, in physics, the term noise has the following meanings:
#An undesired disturbance within the
frequencyband of interest; the summation of unwanted or disturbing energy introduced into a communications systemfrom man-made and natural sources.
#A disturbance that affects a signal and that may distort the
informationcarried by the signal.
#Random variations of one or more characteristics of any entity such as voltage, current, or
#A random signal of known statistical properties of amplitude, distribution, and
#"Loosely," any disturbance tending to interfere with the normal
operationof a device or system.
Noise and what can be done about it has long been studied.
Claude Shannonestablished information theoryand in so doing clarified the essential nature of noise and the limits it places on the operation of electronic equipment.
In some cases a little noise may be considered advantageous, allowing a
dithered representation of signals below the minimum strength, or between two quantization levels. This is especially true for signals intended for human appreciation, since the brain seems to expect signals to contain a degree of noise. See, for example [http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mindhks/chapter/hack33.pdf] , or the phenomenon of stochastic resonance, where small amount of noise improves the detection of signals in non-linear sensors.
Colors of noise
List of noise topics
Audio system measurements
* [http://www.analog.com/UploadedFiles/Application_Notes/5480117281535838576388017880AN358.pdf Noise and Operational Amplifier Circuits] (
Analog Devices Application note
* [http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-noise.htm Calculation of thermal or Johnson noise, Nyquist noise - Noise voltage in microvolts, and noise level in dBu and dBV]
* [http://www.princeton.edu/~pear PEAR Lab: consciousness - machine interaction research using diode Johnson noise]
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