## One Gigaohm resistors

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I was creating a BOM on the Mouser website and I came across this:

No typo.  1 to 50 GIGAohms.  The 50Gig was 30% tolerance, but the 1Gig was listed with a tight 1%.

I guess my question is.....What would you need a resistor of that size for?  I have rarely gone over 3.3M.

I might have to see what a meter to measure that would cost.....

I checked - \$500.00usd

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Last Edited: Fri. Feb 1, 2019 - 09:07 PM

The first question that raised in my mind was "what's the resistance of fresh air?". In other words, why bother with a resistor at all - why not just leave a "gap"?

However this seems to suggest that the resistance of "nothing" is considerably more than GigaOhms:

http://electronics.stackexchange...

though it obviously depends on how big the "gap" is.

If it's roughly 2x10^16 per metre then that presumably means 2x10^13 per millimetre? That's 20 TeraOhms per millimetre is it?

1. Found its application in megger calibration, insulation measurement device claibrator etc.

2. You can actually measure it by placing a 1M in parallel. With just 1M & no other resistor, meter will measure exactly 1M. But with 1G in parallel, it will measure around 999k

Edit typo: corrected to 999k. Typically cal labs have devices to measure these resistances

Last Edited: Mon. Jan 11, 2016 - 04:22 PM

Don't think I would have use for 5GOhms, but somebody must or nobody would manufacture it.

So, what happens when you breathe on it?

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Lets see, 5V, 5GOhm -> 1nA

Must be some use for that!

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I have seen very odd resistors in CO2 laser power supplies.

jgmdesign wrote:

I guess my question is.....What would you need a resistor of that size for?

Current to voltage converters for really small currents, leakage etc

Very high value resistors are used in some electrostatic field controlled devices, for focus and bias electrodes.  IIRC, I ran into a string of 10MO+ resistors (200MO+ total) in an old "build your own infrared sniperscope" project, and I would imagine that there are other similar applications.

what size resistor? and package.

I could imagine that if one works in the kilo volts range you also want extreme high impedance if you have a voltage booster going to KV range it might not deliver high current thus you want to limit that.

It can also be a safety measure in a lower ohmic/current environment were if the current rises to much you want to trigger something.

Highest value I have product wise used so far is 10Meg Ohm in a measurement setup we sometimes use 40Meg (4x10) to ensure that the probe does not load the system and causes measurement failure(or a circuit that works when the scope probe is attached but stops working as soon as you remove the probe, that was an irritating problem....

Vishay's TR30 range of thin thick film high voltage resistors range in value from 80M to 3T ohms with a 5% tolerance. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it...

edit. corrected to thick

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Last Edited: Wed. Jan 13, 2016 - 06:12 AM

Wow. 3T is a LOT of ohms.

Perhaps you'd use something like this in "hi-pot" testing where you put a big voltage across something that's supposed to be insulated: If you measure a voltage across the 3T resistor, something's not right.

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Last Edited: Tue. Jan 12, 2016 - 03:15 PM

Can you fellas keep it down in here?  I can hardly hear my self tinker!

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jgmdesign wrote:
The 50Gig was 30% tolerance, but the 1Gig was listed with a tight 1%.

Note the similar situation in the Mouser screenshot below.  0 ohm resistors have various tolerances.  So, what would be the low and high ohm values for a 0 ohm resistor with 30% tolerance?

And the power rating runs from a few mW to a few W.  I broke my calculator trying to use Ohm's Law and W=I*V to determine the allowed amps...

;)  The 'Freaks have been down the 0-ohm path before.

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Last Edited: Tue. Jan 12, 2016 - 07:36 PM

Lee,

My OP was done knee jerk reaction as I had NEVER heard of such a high value resistor before.  Much less with the specs posted.  Actually, I really haven't taken it too seriously, until your post, and even that is pretty funny when you think of what it would take to overload one of these units.

Jim

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I am just glad they aren't priced by the ohm!

JC

valusoft wrote:
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it...
No ... it's up in smoke due to one's brain fart.

There's nothing like creating a high voltage mistake.

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Corrected above.

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DocJC wrote:
I am just glad they aren't priced by the ohm! JC

I guess they are way more expensive than lets say a 10K or 100K resistor, just because they are a lot harder to make and will be used far less.

so that might be true, though not linear as had in mind when writing this.

the 0 Ohm 5% tolerance and power discussions are always fun to have. specially with engineers that are fresh out of school or that have a high hat on themselves but have been nothing else then paper pushers in the past. They indeed think that a 0R resistor is 0R and love to push amps through them and still expect the voltage drop to be 0 Ohm. Or engineers who are reluctant to put a 0R resistor in for safety in a circuit that max does 1mA because of the possible voltage drop......

In their wisdom, the governments will, surely, some day ban resistors---since they waste power

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I used a 100 Mohm / 10 Mohm voltage divider to measure high voltages in a Cockroft-Walton circuit with my 10 Mohm multimeter.  The higher resistance was helpful in not draining the capacitors so fast the multimeter couldn't get a reading.

Interesting necromancy...

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Interesting necromancy...

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Was split from here.

I'll lock this one

JIm

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"Step N is required before you can do step N+1!" - ka7ehk

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"Why is there a "Highway to Hell" and only a "Stairway to Heaven"? A prediction of the expected traffic load?"  - Lee "theusch"

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