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Different results from Smith Chart and Transmission line impedance equation

I have the following question which I need to solve Use a short-circuited section of air-filled TEM, \$50\Omega\$ transmission line ( \$\beta= k_0 , \lambda_g = \lambda_0\$ ) to create an impedance ...
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Meaning of S11 performing a clockwise arc circle about the smith chart origin?

I've tested a device with my VNA. It displays S11 in a Smith chart as a plot x(w) + iy(w) (w the frequency). Curiously, as w increases from 50KHz to 600MHz, the plot is an almost perfect 1/3 circle ...
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Smith chart tutorial question

I am looking at a Smith Chart tutorial on the antenna-theory.com website. Unfortunately, I'm confused by one of the examples given...I don't get the same answer, so it's safe to say I'm doing ...
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RLC equivalent model and Impedance Smith Chart

I have done some impedance measurements on an unknown 1 port device. I have measured its impedance at different frequencies (from 10 MHz to 600 MHz) and I have seen it on the normalized (on 50 Ohm) ...
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How is a transmission line with a different characterisitc impedance shown on the smith chart?

A transmission line can be shown on the smith chart as a clockwise rotation, each 180 degrees corresponding to a quarter wavelength. But this is when the characteristic impedance (Z0) of the ...
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Where would a pure inductive or capacitive load be placed on a Smith chart, assuming the TL impedance is real?

I'm a new HAM operator, and just started learning about the amazing tool that is Smith charts; and it got me wondering what the edge case of a pure inductive or capacitive load would be? Since the ...
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Smith Chart for Dummies

I am not just an electrical engineering noobie, I'm an electrical engineering dummy. (No, you can't use me for testing your newly designed electric chair.) What I need is a simple, direct answer, to ...
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What is the Intuition behind the Stability Factor (K) in Microwave Amplifiers?

In microwave amplifier design, there is a Rollett's stability factor (included below), which determines if the amplifier can be unstable. If K > 1, the amplifier is always stable, and if not, it could ...
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Can a Unilateral Amplifier be Unstable?

When designing microwave amplifiers, stability is an important factor to consider. Stability is usually measured with the K factor. In a unilateral network, S_12 = 0, and this makes the K factor ...
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How to interpret s parameters including S21 on Smith chart on VNA display

I'm trying to become re-acquainted with S parameters, VNA, and transmission lines for some projects at work. I'm using Agilent, Advanced Design Simulator, to practice on the computer and to get the ...
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Smith chart of λ/4 Transmission Line

I came across the following slide on power combiner circuit and I have questions about it. Why traverse across the upper half circle ? Why "ZT-line is the geometric mean of Zout and Zin." ?
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Interpreting scattering parameters on a Smith chart.

I'm trying to become reacquainted with microwave circuits and how to analyze them, especially with a VNA. Just to get some practice I'm using Keysite ADS simulator. To get the feel of it I used the ...
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S-Parameters, Smith Chart, and Reflection Coefficients

Please help guide my ignorance on this topic. From what I understand, S-parameters are reflection coefficients generalized to N-port systems (via an S matrix), but for a 1-port system, these converge ...
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Why real part of load change as we look through transmission line?

As we move from an imaginary load towards generator through a transmission line, we can see that real and imaginary part of that impedance changes. In fact, an ideal transmission line is comprised of ...
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Self-resonance frequency of chip inductors

I am studying chip inductors and here's one of the frequency response: There are more than one resonance frequencies exist in a single inductor. When we say inductor resonance frequency, it usually ...
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Find impedance matching in a quarter wave transformer

I would like to know if there is a way you can find the impedance that has to be set between the load \$Z_L\$ when it is complex and the characteristic impedance \$Z_0\$ to have impedance matching ...
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Mark specific frequencies in smithchart

I have a smithchart created by MATLAB using the following code (the S22 is a 801x1 vector obtained from a file): n = 801; fStart = 45*10^6; fStop = 15*10^9; f = linspace(fStart,fStop,n); figure() ...
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How to get complex reflection coefficients?

If I terminate a line with an open circuit, I'll get reflections of any incoming signals with the same phase (a reflection coefficient of 1). If I terminate the line with a short circuit, I'll get ...
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How do I convert S-parameters for impedance matching?

How do I derive the Z-parameters to calculate a matching network for a device? I'm not sure what terms to even search for as I get all sorts of information I am not familiar with. My task is to ...
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Finding unknown load using a smith chart

I am asked to find the impedance of an unknown load. The precise formulation is provided below: The following two step procedure was used to measure the value of an unknown load \$Z_{L}\$. The ...
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Stub matching at smith chart

I'd like to clarify some concepts about microwaves that I still can't understand it at all. I'm reading Pozar's Microwave Engineering, more specifically stub adaptation in the Smith Chart. The circuit ...
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Impedance Matching a capacitive source

I am trying to work out how to match a current source coupled with a capacitor to a 50 Ω load for maximum power transfer. Specifically I have a 6pf PIN photodiode which driven by a 2.5 ghz optical ...
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Smith chart plot from simulation is opposite from experiment?

I did a simulation of an antenna and replicated the antenna in an experiment however the simulation is coming out to be roughly the opposite. From the experiment I was expecting this plot to spiral ...
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How to plot Smith chart

I need to plot Smith chart, having frequency, VSWR, reflection coefficient and phase. I'm aware there's smithchart command in matlab and as an argument I should use ...
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What options do I have to measure directly impedance change (ohm) or deduce it indirectly from S-Parameters?

Basically I want to measure how impedance (Ohm) relative to Z0 (50 Ohm) waveguide is changing by varying a parameter. I currently measure the reflection coefficient S11 in a 1-port setup. Our VNA can ...
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Drawing Smith Chart from Network Analyzer file

I have a file as a .dat format taking from network analyzer. I want to plot Smith chart graph. The file has 3 columns which are frequency, S11(linear value), S11 (ang value) respectively. How can draw ...
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Smith Chart Conjugate Matching

In an example in Pozar's Microwave Engineering, a conjugate matching circuit for maximum gain is designed using Smith chart. In the shown Smith chart, the matching circuit for input is designed. We ...
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S11 all on the outside of the Smith Chart

How should someone conclude what's going on on a TX line that has a Smith Chart that goes around and around the outside? I've reworked a board and expected to see a curve pass close to (0,0), but what ...
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Balun/matching network question

I am having problem to verify what an app note (AN068) explains to calculate Balun values. I would appreciate if someone could tell me what/where am I doing wrong? The summary of the RF part: Blue ...
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Use of Smith charts

There are Smith charts with impedance and admittance coordinates and Smith charts with only impedance coordinates. I believe I learned how to use the first one. Is there any sense in studying how to ...
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RF amplifier load matching

I want to match RF power amp to aerial. There is no 50 ohm or 75 ohm transmission line inbetween. So, I consider my aim to be matching certain load-reflection coefficient (Γload) to a short circuit (...
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What application do you use for plots?

What application do you use for creating plots? Years ago, I was using gnuplot and then matplotlib (which is just Python library). But none of those were perfect. For example, I was unable to create ...
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Smith Chart Explanation

I'm working on designing some hopefully simple RF (912 MHz) attenuators. I need a few different levels of attenuation but each different attenuator can be fixed. I have prototyped one using just off ...
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Help with Matching circuit

I'm using a SAW filter which has balanced input and output. In the datasheet there is shown a matching application for 50ohms balanced output. But plotting the S22 parameters into a Smith Chart and ...
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Wideband Impedance Matching

I have designed a common-emitter RF amplifier, with input and output impedance matched for my load and source impedance. I have used Smith Chart for the matching. The matching is good for the ...