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Measurement technique for characterizing memory effects in RF power amplifiers

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3 Author(s)
J. H. K. Vuolevi ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Oulu Univ., Finland ; T. Rahkonen ; J. P. A. Manninen

Memory effects are defined as changes in the amplitude and phase of distortion components caused by changes in modulation frequency. These are particularly important in cancelling linearizer systems, e.g., when distortion is reduced by similar distortion in the opposite phase. This paper begins by describing electrical and electrothermal causes for memory effects. A three-tone test setup is then constructed to measure the phase of third-order intermodulation distortion products. This paper also presents the measured results for a bipolar junction transistor and a MESFET amplifier

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 8 )