Dynamic Range Determination and S-Parameter Accuracy Validation For High Frequency Time Domain Network Analyzer (TDNA) Measurements
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that with proper technique, the TDNA has adequate dynamic range for such applications and can be used to make accurate S-parameter measurements. The paper will focus on S-parameter magnitude characterization while phase resolution will not be addressed.
The paper will first focus on establishing a noise floor for a representative state-of-the-art TDNA measurement system. The relative accuracy of the TDNA system will then be evaluated by comparing TDNA results to those obtained from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable network analyzer measurements.