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Calibration of Sampling Oscilloscopes With High-Speed Photodiodes



Tracy S. Clement, Paul D. Hale, Dylan Williams, C. M. Wang, Andrew Dienstfrey, Darryl A. Keenan


We calibrate the magnitude and phase response of equivalent-time sampling oscilloscopes to 110 GHz. We use a photodiode that has been calibrated with our electrooptic sampling system as a reference input pulse source to the sampling oscilloscope. We account for the impedance of the oscilloscope and the reference photodiode and correct for electrical reflections and distortions due to impedance mismatch. We also correct for time-base imperfections such as drift, time-base distortion, and jitter. We have performed a rigorous uncertainty analysis, which includes a Monte-Carlo simulation of time-domain error sources combined with error sources from the deconvolution of the photodiode pulse, from the mismatch correction, and from the jitter correction.
IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques


high-speed photodiode, impulse response, mismatch correction, oscilloscope calibration, sampling oscilloscope, uncertainty


Clement, T. , Hale, P. , Williams, D. , Wang, C. , Dienstfrey, A. and Keenan, D. (2006), Calibration of Sampling Oscilloscopes With High-Speed Photodiodes, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created July 31, 2006, Updated October 12, 2021