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### Finite cable

There are a variety of possible end conditions we can apply to the cable. Among them are the (a) sealed end where no current can pass and so dV/dx=0, (b) short circuit or open end where the voltage is clamped to 0, (c) leaky ends which is a mixture of the two, some current escapes but not an infinite amount. Let's revert to the dimensionless equations and Assume that the voltage at X=0 is V0. Then the general solution to the steady-state equation is:

where BL is an arbitrary constant. This general solution is equivalent to asserting that the boundary condition at X=0 is V0 and that at X=L

The free parameter, BL is the ratio of the input conductance for the cable, GL to that of the semi-infinite cable, That is,

For example, if we want the sealed end condition at X=L we take BL=0 so that

If we want the open end conditions, we take so that

If we choose BL=1 then

V(X) = V0 e-X

which is precisely the solution to the semi-infinite cable. In figure 3 we plot the steady state voltages for a variety of different cables and at different electronic lengths. These could be solved analytically, but the plots were in fact generated by using XPPAUT.

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G. Bard Ermentrout
1/10/1998