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Method for calculating the power loss from the return loss measurement

Using a spectrum analyzer with tracking generator, the reflection coefficient is calculated from the return loss measured, and then the power loss is calculated.

[Application]

Connection block diagram

Figure:Connection block diagram

[Solution]

MSA438TG and VSWR bridge MVS300B enables to measure the return loss of DUT. It can be calculated in the following procedures how much the power loss is.

  1. The return loss RL is measured and then the reflection coefficient RF is calculated from the following equation.
    Formula:Reflection coefficient RF
  2. The power loss PL is calculated based on the reflection coefficient RF from the following equation.
    Formula:Power loss PL

The calculation examples of the reflection coefficient and power loss to typical return loss are shown in the table below.
In addtion, VSWR=(1+RF)/(1-RF)

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Return loss[dB] 5 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 25 30
Power loss[dB] 1.651 1.256 0.749 0.458 0.283 0.176 0.110 0.069 0.044 0.014 0.004
VSWR 3.570 3.010 2.323 1.925 1.671 1.499 1.377 1.288 1.222 1.119 1.065
Reflection coeffi. 0.562 0.501 0.398 0.316 0.251 0.200 0.158 0.126 0.100 0.056 0.032

[System configuration]

Spectrum Analyzer [MSA438TG] x 1
MSA438 calibration set x 1
VSWR Bridge [MVS300B] x 1
SMA cables(3m) [MC202] x 2
N-SMAAdapter [MA306] x 2

*MICRONIX Corporation reserves the right to make changes in design, specification and other information without prior notice.

[Products introduction]

2013/5

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