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A remotely controlled coaxial switch for impedance standard calibration

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4 Author(s)
Callegaro, L. ; Electr. Metrol. Dept., Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, Torino, Italy ; Bosco, G.C. ; Capra, P.P. ; Serazio, D.

A switch which permits the connection, in sequence, of a couple of four-terminal-pair impedance standards to an automatic RLC bridge, is presented. The purpose of the switch is to automate the process of impedance calibration by 1:1 substitution. The switch is capable of engaging four coaxial lines at a time (switching both the internal conductor and the screen of each line); the electrical contacts are British Post Office MUSA connector. The switch, in the closed position, adds 2 mΩ of resistance to each coaxial line in the electrical path. The switch is moved by pneumatic actuators to avoid any electrical interference, and is remotely controlled via RS-232 interface. Measurement examples are shown.

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 4 )