VNA Calibration Kits

TRL Calibration, SOLT Calibration

General Information

When properly calibrated against known standards, Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs), provide the most accurate means of determining the one- and two-port network characteristics of RF and microwave devices. Calibration effectiveness (a VNA's ability to reduce error terms to negligible values) critically and ultimately depends on the quality and integrity of the calibration standards used.

To help maximize calibration effectiveness, Maury produces a comprehensive line of coaxial and waveguide VNA calibration kits which consist of accurate, stable, and precise calibration standards for a broad range of VNA models. When properly used, these kits ensure a true evaluation of VNA performance.

Maury kits offer a range of performance and cost options which provide users with choices that are both technically and economically suitable for a variety of intended application.

Coaxial VNA Calibration Kits (cal kits)

Available for calibrating VNAs fitted with any of the modern, popular connectors including:

3.5mm (SMA)
Type N (50 ohm)
Type N (75 ohm)
BNC (50 ohm)
BNC (75 ohm)

Waveguide VNA Calibration Kits (cal kits)

Available in all common, standard rectangular sizes from WR650 (1.12 to 1.17 GHz) through WR22 (33 to 50 GHz), and in Millimeter Waveguide sizes from WR28 (26.5 to 40 GHz) through WR10 (75 to 110 GHz). These kits are available in the following configuration:

7005E Standard Waveguide Cal Kits
7006A Economy Waveguide Cal Kits
7007H TRL Waveguide Cal Kits
7005G Millimeter Waveguide Cal Kits
7005M Economy Millimeter Waveguide Cal Kits

Maury has also produced kits in less common rectangular size such as WR102 (7 to 11 GHz) and in half-height waveguide. See data sheets for more information.

One-Port Calibration

A one-port calibration can measure and minimize three systematic error terms (directivity, source match, and reflection tracking) from reflection measurements. Three known calibration standards must be measured, such as a Short, Open, and a Load (the load value is usually the same as the characteristic impedance of the test system, generally either 50 or 75 ohm). One-port calibration makes it possible to derive the DUT's actual reflection S-parameters.

One-port calibration methods
(SOL) Short-Open-Load calibration - Response calibration for measuring VSWR/Return Loss.
(SSL) Short-Short-Load calibration - Calibration for measuring VSWR/Return Loss in waveguide applications

Why use Sliding Loads? When performing a SOL, SOLT, or SSLT (waveguide) calibration the impedance standard is the Load. At frequencies above 2 GHz (4 GHz for 2.4mm) sliding loads are more accurate impedance standards. Therefore Sliding Loads will provide a better calibration at higher frequencies. (Reduced directivity error)

Two-Port Calibration

Two-port error correction yields the most complete calibration because it accounts for the three major sources of systematic error addressed by one-port calibration at both ports of a twoport DUT. Traditional full two-port calibrations utilize three impedance standards and one transmission standard to define the calibrated reference plane. These standards, typically a Short, Open, Load, and Thru, make up the SOLT calibration kit. The most common Thru used is the test ports connected directly together.

Two-Port full calibration methods
(SOLT) Short-Open-Load-Thru - Full two-port calibration for performing forward and reverse transmission and reflections measurements.
(SSLT) Short-Short-Load-Thru - Full two-port calibration for performing forward and reverse transmission and reflections measurements.
(TRL) Thru-Reflect-Line - Full two-port calibration for performing forward and reverse transmission and reflections measurements.

TRL corrects the same error terms as a SOLT calibration, although it uses different calibration standards. Other variations of TRL are Line-Reflect-Line (LRL), (LRM) based on Line-Reflect-Match (load) calibration standards or Thru- Reflect-Match (TRM) calibration standards. In non-coaxial applications such as waveguide, TRL usually achieves better source match and load match corrections than SOLT. While not as commonly used, coaxial TRL can also provide more accuracy than SOLT, but only if very-high quality coaxial transmission lines (such as beadless airlines) are used.

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