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Complete waveform characterization at NIST



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


We present a method for calibrating the voltage a pulse generator delivers to a load at every point in the measured waveform epoch. The calibration includes an equivalent circuit model of the generator so that the user can calculate how the generator will behave when it is connected to different instruments. The calibration also includes a covariance-based uncertainty analysis that provides the uncertainty of each sample and the correlations between the uncertainties at the different time points. Given the calibrated waveform and its covariance matrix, various pulse parameters and their uncertainty can also be calculated.
Proceedings Title
Tech. Dig., Conf. on Prec. Electromagn. Meas.
Conference Dates
June 8-13, 2008
Conference Location
Broomfield, CO


covariance, oscilloscope, pulse parameters, uncertainty


Hale, P. , Clement, T. , Keenan, D. , Williams, D. , Lewandowski, A. , Wang, C. and Dienstfrey, A. (2008), Complete waveform characterization at NIST, Tech. Dig., Conf. on Prec. Electromagn. Meas., Broomfield, CO, [online], (Accessed July 19, 2024)


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Created June 8, 2008, Updated January 27, 2020