FAQ #20: 2 Port Shunt Thru Impedance Measurement With The Bode 100

2 Port Shunt Thru Impedance Measurement With The Bode 100

Below are a few diagrams on how to do a 2-port impedance measurement and have the “Mag” format of the gain trace read in true Ohms. You can then choose a point on the curve that has a slope of +1 (this representing the impedance of an inductor) and using L=Z/(2*pi*f) you can accurately measure inductance as well.


Our connection diagram and 1 Ohm calibrator are shown below:


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Schematically this would look like: 

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First, you would choose “Frequency Sweep”, then in the Device Configuration in the top bar of the software make sure it is set to “Gain/Phase”, have Ch1 connected to the internal reference, and terminate Ch2 into 50 Ohms.


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Perform a Thru calibration on both the User Calibration and Probe Calibration.


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You would then perform your logarithmic sweep and read Trace 1 on a logarithmic scale (for this sample 2mOhm resistor I measured 1kHz to 40MHz):


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This 2mOhm resistor measured slightly low at 1.8mOhms (information on why this resistor measures lower than expected will be published in a magazine article on July 5th in Electronic Design). We also used a J2102A Common Mode Transformer to remove the ground loop effects.


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Choosing a point where the slope is +1 (+20dB/dec) we can calculate the inductance of this 2mOhm resistor as well. It just so happens to be about 487pH:


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