3.7 Power Measurements

3.7 Power Measurements

Power measurement is the fundamental parameter for characterizing components and systems at RF and microwave frequencies. Above 30 to 100 MHz, where the parameters of voltage and current become inconvenient or difficult to measure, microwave power becomes the parameter of choice. Power specifications are often the critical factor in the design, and ultimately the performance, of almost all RF and microwave equipment. For the basics of power measurements, See references [1], [2], and [3].


[1] Hewlett-Packard Company, 4 steps for Making Better Power Measurements (HP Application Note 64-4A)

[2] Hewlett-Packard Company, Fundamentals of RF and Microwave Power Measurements (HP Application Note 64-1A)

[3] Hewlett-Packard Company, 1997 Back to Basics Seminar (HP publication number 5965-7008E)

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