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Developing Models for Type N Coaxial VNA Calibration Kits within the NIST Microwave Uncertainty Framework

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Author(s)

Jeffrey Jargon, Dylan Williams, Paul D. Hale

Abstract

We developed models for Type N coaxial vector network analyzer (VNA) calibration kits within the NIST Microwave Uncertainty Framework. First, we created physical models of commercially- available standards that support multiline thru-reflect-line (TRL) and open-short-load-thru (OSLT) calibrations, and included error mechanisms in each of the standards' constituent parameters that were utilized in the NIST Microwave Uncertainty Framework to propagate uncertainties. Next, we created a measurement-based model of a commercial electronic calibration unit (ECU) by characterizing the scattering parameters of its internal states with a multiline TRL calibration. Finally, we calibrated a network analyzer using the three calibration methods, and compared measurements and uncertainties made on a number of verification devices. We showed that the three calibrations agreed to within their respective uncertainties.
Proceedings Title
87th ARFTG
Conference Dates
May 27, 2016
Conference Location
San Francisco, CA, US

Keywords

calibration, coaxial, electronic calibration unit, physical models, uncertainty, vector network analyzer, verification

Citation

Jargon, J. , Williams, D. and Hale, P. (2016), Developing Models for Type N Coaxial VNA Calibration Kits within the NIST Microwave Uncertainty Framework, 87th ARFTG, San Francisco, CA, US, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=920292 (Accessed May 22, 2024)

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Created May 26, 2016, Updated April 8, 2022