transpolarizer

transpolarizer

[tranz′pō·lə‚rīz·ər]
(electricity)
An electrostatically controlled circuit impedance that can have about 30 discrete and reproducible impedance values: two capacitors, each having a crystalline ferroelectric dielectric with a nearly rectangular hysteresis loop, are connected in series and act as a single low impedance to an alternating-current sensing signal when both capacitors are polarized in the same direction; application of 1-microsecond pulses of appropriate polarity increases the impedance in steps.