User manual for CSP{_}VANA: A check standards measurement and database program for microwave network analyzers

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Vector network analyzers are a convenient way to measure scattering parameters of a variety of microwave devices. However, these instruments, unlike oscilloscopes for example, require a relatively high degree of user knowledge and expertise. Due to the complexity of the instrument and of the calibration process, there are many ways in which an incorrect measurement may be produced. The Microwave Project, which is part of SNL`s Primary Standards laboratory, routinely uses check standards to verify that the network analyzer is operating properly. In the past, these measurements were recorded manually and, sometimes, interpretation of the results was problematic. To aid ... continued below

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Duda, L.E. October 1, 1997.

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  • Duda, L.E. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Primary Electrical Standards Dept.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Vector network analyzers are a convenient way to measure scattering parameters of a variety of microwave devices. However, these instruments, unlike oscilloscopes for example, require a relatively high degree of user knowledge and expertise. Due to the complexity of the instrument and of the calibration process, there are many ways in which an incorrect measurement may be produced. The Microwave Project, which is part of SNL`s Primary Standards laboratory, routinely uses check standards to verify that the network analyzer is operating properly. In the past, these measurements were recorded manually and, sometimes, interpretation of the results was problematic. To aid the measurement assurance process, a software program was developed to automatically measure a check standard and compare the new measurements with a historical database of measurements of the same device. The program acquires new measurement data from selected check standards, plots the new data against the mean and standard deviation of prior data for the same check standard, and updates the database files for the check standard. The program is entirely menu-driven requiring little additional work by the user. This report describes the function of the software, including a discussion of its capabilities, and the way in which the software is used in the lab.

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OSTI as DE98000891

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  • Other: DE98000891
  • Report No.: SAND--97-2520
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/541945 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 541945
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc697106

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Duda, L.E. User manual for CSP{_}VANA: A check standards measurement and database program for microwave network analyzers, report, October 1, 1997; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc697106/: accessed July 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.