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An accurate calibrate-able multiharmonic active load-pull system based on the envelope load-pull concept

Hashmi, Mohammad Shabi, Clarke, Alan Leslie, Woodington, Simon Philip, Lees, Jonathan, Benedikt, Johannes and Tasker, Paul J. 2010. An accurate calibrate-able multiharmonic active load-pull system based on the envelope load-pull concept. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques 58 (3) , pp. 656-664. 10.1109/TMTT.2010.2040403

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Abstract

After calibration, since the systematic imperfections of the envelop load-pull (ELP) components were now fully accounted for, the user is able to rapidly set accurate terminations with full Smith chart coverage. This functionality has been achieved by optimizing the hardware configuration of the envelop load-pull concept. Development of a system whose systematic errors could be described by a magnitude invariant error flow model was critical. As a consequence, a robust calibration mechanism, that is analogous to the one-port error correction of a vector network analyzer, was exploited and comprehensively verified. After calibration, since the systematic imperfections of the ELP components were now fully accounted for, the user is able to set accurately terminations with full Smith chart coverage. Finally, measurements on commercially available transistor devices are presented that verify the rapid nature, accuracy, flexibility, reliability, and ease of calibration of the multiharmonic load-pull system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active closed-loop load–pull; harmonic load–pull; nonlinear measurements; rapid load–pull calibration
Publisher: IEEE
ISSN: 0018-9480
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/7791

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