Null Indicator

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null indicator

[′nəl ‚in·də‚kād·ər]
A galvanometer or other device that indicates when voltage or current is zero; used chiefly to determine when a bridge circuit is in balance. Also known as null detector.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Null Indicator


a sensitive instrument for detecting the inequality of physical quantities being compared in the null method. A null indicator may be a galvanometer, electrometer, telephone, or cathode-ray tube. If necessary, the sensitivity of a null indicator can be improved by means of photoelectric, electronic, and other types of amplifiers. Automatic adjustment of the sensitivity of null indicators is widespread; it makes possible the use of maximum sensitivity near zero and sharply reduced sensitivity far from zero. In automatic balancing, a null indicator controls a balancing system.

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