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Uncertainty of Oscilloscope Timebase Distortion Estimate



Chih-Ming Wang, Paul D. Hale, Kevin Coakley, Tracy S. Clement


We study several problems related to the characterization of the timebase in high-speed sampling oscilloscopes. First, we examine the bias of using the method of the first-order approximation to estimate the additive and time jitter noises, and present a procedure to adjust for the bias in the estimates. We then study the bias and variance of a least-squares timebase distortion estimate that uses multiple sets of waveforms. Based on simulations, a method for calculating the uncertainty of the timebase distortion estimate is proposed. We also study the effects of amplitude and phase drifts, as well as jitter error on the estimation of timebase distortion. Results are shown using simulations with parameters that are closely related to those we observe in our laboratory.
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement


least squares methods, mean square error methods, timing jitter, curve fitting, harmonic distortion


Wang, C. , Hale, P. , Coakley, K. and Clement, T. (2002), Uncertainty of Oscilloscope Timebase Distortion Estimate, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, [online], (Accessed March 4, 2024)
Created January 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021