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Message ID: 4358     Entry time: Fri Feb 25 14:35:06 2011
Author: Larisa Thorne 
Type: Update 
Category: Electronics 
Subject: Total harmonic distortion results for +7dBm mixer 

 This experiment deals with measuring the total harmonic distortion (THD) contribution of mixers in a circuit.

(a circuit diagram is attached) where:

Mixer: ZFM-3-S+ at +7dBm

Attenuator: VAT-7+, at +7dB

Low-pass filter: SLP-1.9+, which is set to DC-1.9MHz

 

The total harmonic distortion can be calculated by the equation: 


\mbox{THD} =  \frac{V_2^2 + V_3^2 + V_4^2 + \cdots + V_\infty^2}{V_1^2}

where Vn represents the voltage of the signal at a certain harmonic n.

 

In this experiment, only the voltages of the first three harmonics were measured, with the first harmonic at 400Hz, the second at 800Hz, and the third at 1.2kHz. The corresponding voltages were read off the spectrum analyzer after it had time averaged 16 measurements. (picture of the general shape of the spectrum analyzer output is attached)


(results for this mixer's particular configuration are on the pdf attached)

 

There really isn't that much correlation between the modulations and the resulting THD.

We won't know how good these numbers are until more experiments on other mixers are done, so they can be compared. Since the rest of the mixers are relatively high levels (+17dBm, +23dBm in comparison to this experiment's +7dBm), an RF amplifier will need to be hooked up first to do any further measurements.

 

 

 

 

 

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