Title

Compact Intermodulation Modulator for Phase Reference in Passive Intermodulation Measurements

Abstract

In this article, a modular designed intermodulation (IM) modulator based on coherent nonlinearity superposition is demonstrated. A coherent combination network for two nonlinear sources (diodes) is composed, excited by a set of two-tone carriers, and the IM products generated from two diodes are inherently coherent. The designed IM phase and magnitude are synthesized by using two IM signals with different magnitudes. The modulator is achieved by modular design, and the manufacture is simplified by using low IM laminate and normal FR-4 substrate to the section with different IM sensitive levels. The work proves a solution to generate an IM phase and magnitude tunable reference for IM measurement, which also proves that IM can be used to carry some information.

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory

Comments

This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation for Young Scientists of China under Grant 61901296 and in part by the China Postdoctoral Science Special Foundation under Grant 2019TQ0224.

Keywords and Phrases

Coherent Nonlinearities; Magnitude Superposition; Passive Intermodulation (PIM)

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0018-9456; 1557-9662

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Dec 2019

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