This part II of the s-parameter tutorial presents several examples of the s-parameter use in EMC measurements and testing (see  for the s-parameter theory). Since the vast majority of the s-parameter measurements in EMC utilize only s11 and s21 parameters we will discuss only these two measurements.
S11 examples presented in this article include:
- LISN impedance measurement,
- capacitor impedance measurement,
- log-periodic antenna VSWR measurement.
S21 examples include:
- preamp gain measurement,
- attenuator loss measurement,
- cable loss measurement.
Before the s parameter measurements are taken, the calibration process needs to take place to characterize the cables that connect the device under test (DUT) to the network analyzer.
The calibration procedure utilizes a calibration kit, like the ones shown in Figure 1, which consists of a short, open, 50 Ω load attachment, and often a thru connector.
Figure 1: a) N-type calibration kit, b) SMA-type calibration kit
A few different types of calibrations can be performed, depending on the parameter of interest. If only the s11 measurements are required then the calibration is performed at port 1 with a short, open and 50 Ω (load) terminations as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Calibration for s11 measurements
Figure 3 shows the network analyzer expected calibration plots for these three cases.
Figure 3: Calibration results a) short, b) open, c) 50 Ω load
For s21 measurements of a preamp gain or an attenuator loss, the calibration procedure consists of two steps. In step 1, both connecting cables are first calibrated using the process described earlier for s11 and s22 calibration. Step 2 of the calibration involves the setup shown in Figure 4a; Figure 4b shows the expected calibration curve.
Figure 4: Step 2 of the s21 calibration a) physical setup b) calibration plot
If the cable loss measurements are required then there are two options for the calibration procedure, depending on the measurement set up, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Cable loss measurement options
The calibration setup for both measurement options is shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Thru calibration options for cable loss measurements
The s21 calibration associated with the option A is the same as the calibration described for the attenuator loss or pre-amp gain.
The s21 calibration associated with the option B is different; it involves only one cable connected between port 1 and port 2 and does not require the prior s11 or s22 calibration. The expected calibration plot for option B is the same as the one shown in Figure 4b.
S11 measurement examples presented here include LISN impedance measurement, capacitor impedance measurement, and log-periodic antenna VSWR (reflection coefficient) measurement.
LISN Impedance Measurement
Figure 7 shows the measurement setup and the measurement result for determining the LISN impedance from the s11 measurement, (see  for more details).
Figure 7: LISN impedance measurement
Capacitor Impedance Measurement
The experimental setup for capacitor impedance measurement and the measurement result are shown in Figure 8 (see  for more details).
Figure 8: Capacitor impedance measurement
Antenna VSWR Measurement
The experimental setup for a log-periodic antenna VSWR measurement and the measurement result are shown in Figure 9 (see  for more details).
Figure 9: Antenna s11 VSWR measurement
S21 measurement examples presented here include preamp gain measurement, attenuator loss measurement, and cable loss measurement.
Preamp Gain Measurement
Figure 10 shows the measurement setup and the measurement result for measuring the 32 dB preamp gain (see  for more details).
Figure 10: Preamp gain measurement
Attenuator Loss Measurement
Figure 11 shows the measurement setup and result for measuring the loss of a 10 dB attenuator.
Figure 11: Attenuator loss measurement
Cable Loss Measurement
Figure 12 shows the measurement setup and result for measuring the cable loss.
Figure 12: Cable loss measurement
- Adamczyk, B., S-Parameter Tutorial – Part I – Fundamental Background, In Compliance Magazine, August 2018.
- Adamczyk, B., Teune J., Topology and Characterization of a DC Line Impedance Stabilization Network, In Compliance Magazine, July 2017.
- Adamczyk, B., Teune J., Impact of a Trace Length on Capacitor Frequency Response, In Compliance Magazine, March 2018.
- Bogdan Adamczyk, Foundations of Electromagnetic Compatibility with Practical Applications, Wiley, 2017.
Dr. Bogdan Adamczyk is a professor and the director of the EMC Center at Grand Valley State University (http://www.gvsu.edu/emccenter) where he performs EMC precompliance testing for industry and develops EMC educational material. He is an iNARTE certified EMC Master Design Engineer, a founding member and the chair of the IEEE EMC West Michigan Chapter. Prof. Adamczyk is the author of the textbook “Foundations of Electromagnetic Compatibility with Practical Applications” (Wiley, 2017). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Teune is a founding partner of E3 Compliance LLC which specializes in product development and EMC precompliance testing. He is an iNARTE certified EMC Engineer and Master EMC Design Engineer. Jim is an industrial partner of the EMC Center at GVSU. He can be reached at email@example.com.