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  • Hardcover: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (14 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119979552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119979555
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 3.9 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book provides state–of–the–art coverage for making measurements on RF and Microwave Components, both active and passive. A perfect reference for R&D and Test Engineers, with topics ranging from the best practices for basic measurements, to an in–depth analysis of errors, correction methods, and uncertainty analysis, this book provides everything you need to understand microwave measurements. With primary focus on active and passive measurements using a Vector Network Analyzer, these techniques and analysis are equally applicable to measurements made with Spectrum Analyzers or Noise Figure Analyzers.

The early chapters provide a theoretical basis for measurements complete with extensive definitions and descriptions of component characteristics and measurement parameters.  The latter chapters give detailed examples for cases of cable, connector and filter measurements; low noise, high–gain and high power amplifier measurements, a wide range of mixer and frequency converter measurements, and a full examination of fixturing, de–embedding, balanced measurements and calibration techniques. The chapter on time–domain theory and measurements is the most complete treatment on the subject yet presented, with details of the underlying mathematics and new material on time domain gating. As the inventor of many of the methods presented, and with 30 years as a development engineer on the most modern measurement platforms, the author presents unique insights into the understanding of modern measurement theory.

Key Features:

  • Explains the interactions between the device–under–test (DUT) and the measuring equipment by demonstrating the best practices for ascertaining the true nature of the DUT, and optimizing the time to set up and measure
  • Offers a detailed explanation of algorithms and mathematics behind measurements and error correction
  • Provides numerous illustrations (e.g. block–diagrams for circuit connections and measurement setups) and practical examples on real–world devices, which can provide immediate benefit to the reader
  • Written by the principle developer and designer of many of the measurement methods described

This book will be an invaluable guide for RF and microwave R&D and test engineers, satellite test engineers, radar engineers, power amplifier designers, LNA designers, and mixer designers. University researchers and graduate students in microwave design and test will also find this book of interest.

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The author, Joel Dunsmore works for Agilent developing the latest vector network analyzers, and knows his subject very well. The book is not a light read. It is very thorough, but avoids unnecessarily complicated maths. There is plenty of detail - it does not skip over difficult concepts. The 652 pages contain 652 pages of useful material - not hundreds of pages of waffle which some books have. There are lots of diagrams and graphs.
The chapter on the time-domain method goes into a lot of detail. I used to think the price to add the TDR option to Agilent VNAs was excessive, given I thought it was just an inverse Fourier Transform of the frequency domain data. But how wrong I was!

The title of the book says "advanced" and some of the techniques are certainly advanced - like for example vector corrected noise figure measurements. As such, some of the material is not very relevant to users of older, less advanced VNAs like my 20 GHz HP 8720D.

The author is a regular contributor to the Agilent Network Analyzer forums (his username is Dr_Joel). So if you buy the book, and get stuck on something, you can easily ask on the Agilent VNA forums. Joel is a very helpful guy.

I'm sure a lot of the information in the book would be useful to users of Rohde and Schwarz, Anritsu and possibly the cheap (<$500) VNAs, but it has an Agilent bias, which is understandable.

This is one of the best technical books I have bought - and I have a lot. Highly recommended if you want to really understand how VNAs work, and how to use them best.

Dr. David Kirkby BSc MSc PhD. C.Eng MIET.
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Fantastic book for anyone who needs to make precision measurements of RF and microwave components using a vector network analyzer. A great all-round book which covers the basics of what's inside that very expensive box that sits on the bench, right the way through to some more advanced material on fixture removal and noise measurement. Written in an easy to read style with an injection of the author's gentle humour. In addition to rigorously covering key material such as error correction (aka calibration) there's also a wealth of practical information regarding connectors and cables. In short, this is an excellent book which I keep within arms reach as a definitive reference. Recommended for advanced undergraduate study through to practising professional. Dr Dunsmore works for Keysight (and formerly Agilent and Hewlett Packard), so while examples are drawn from their equipment stable this doesn't come across as a sales pitch. So useful is this book that I would suggest that Keysight include a free copy with every VNA purchased!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the horse's mouth 1 Dec. 2012
By Nom de guerre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you've ever seen posts by "drjoel" on the Agilent customer support forum, you already know the author of this book. Joel Dunsmore has been one of the forum's most helpful participants for years. He rarely fails to enlighten, even when peppered with obscure questions about network analyzers that he developed 25+ years ago at Hewlett Packard.

As the book and its table of contents are browsable online, I won't post a detailed breakdown of the individual topics it covers. It's safe to say I'd recommend the book to RF engineers and technicians who need to get the most out of their network analyzers and related test equipment. Don't be put off by the "Microwave" in the title -- if your work (or hobby) involves network analysis between 60 Hz and daylight, much of the book's contents will be relevant to you. Joel's concise yet conversational style should appeal to Math Guys/Gals and diehard empiricists alike, and his knowledge of the subject matter is clearly second to no one else in the field.

In short, if you want to be the "bearded guru" at your workplace, this book belongs on your shelf -- or better yet, open and dog-eared on your desk, as my copy is.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into modern VNA measurement techniques 4 Feb. 2013
By Techie Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book for advanced users of VNAs describing the latest techniques for optimizing VNA measurements.

The book contains just the right balance of theory and practical methods. Many of the advanced techniques that are discussed are not readily found in other sources.

The user manuals of many VNAs describe how to make a measurement. This book goes beyond the procedure and describes how to optimize the measurements beyond what is documented in application notes and user manuals.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book if you really want to know about VNAs in detail. 27 Mar. 2013
By D. R. Kirkby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a slightly updated version of a review I posted on amazon.co.uk.

The author, Joel Dunsmore works for Agilent developing the latest vector network analyzers, and knows his subject very well. The book is not a light read. It is very thorough, but avoids unnecessarily complicated maths. There is plenty of detail - it does not skip over difficult concepts. The 652 pages contain 652 pages of useful material - not hundreds of pages of waffle which some books have. There are lots of diagrams and graphs.
The chapter on the time-domain method goes into a lot of detail. I used to think the price to add the TDR option to Agilent VNAs was excessive, given I thought it was just an inverse Fourier Transform of the frequency domain data. But how wrong I was!

The title of the book says "advanced" and some of the techniques are certainly advanced - like for example vector corrected noise figure measurements. As such, some of the material is not very relevant to users of older, less advanced VNAs like my 20 GHz HP 8720D.

The author is a regular contributor to the Agilent Network Analyzer forums (his username is Dr_Joel). So if you buy the book, and get stuck on something, you can easily ask on the Agilent VNA forums. Joel is a very helpful guy, as are all the Agilent staff on the Agilent RF & Microwave Network Analyzer Forums.

I'm sure a lot of the information in the book would be useful to users of Rohde and Schwarz, Anritsu and possibly the cheap (<$500) VNAs, but it has an Agilent bias, which is understandable.

I feel the diagrams and equations could often benefit from being larger. A graph is often shown, but it is not always too easy to read what the scales are. One page in particular (page 503) has 16 graphs shown on half a page! That is an extreme example, and often a single graph will occupy the full width of the page and sometimes one graph fills half a page of the book. There's a lot of information in this book!

This is one of the best technical books I have bought - and I have a lot. Highly recommended if you want to really understand how VNAs work, and how to use them best.

Dr. David Kirkby BSc MSc PhD. C.Eng MIET.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Reference on Modern Vector Network Analyzer Measurements 6 Aug. 2015
By Michael Flaherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a Keysight Technologies Field Applications Engineer, I often go into a customer site or lab and present information to the audience of engineers and technicians who recently bought a Keysight VNA. The idea is to help them get started using their investment. I take this book with me to every engagement. I often find that many of the methods and techniques covered in Dr. Joel's book are not well understood by customers, and this book is invaluable to supplement the material I cover. It is always well received, and I have sold numerous copies everywhere I travel.
Dr. Joel's book is thorough without being tedious. The writing style makes a pleasure out of some rather heavy material. If you ever need to learn about modern VNA measurements, or you are a veteran upgrading from an older VNA to a modern one, I cannot overstate the value of this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the single best book available on Network Analyzer measurements 13 April 2015
By Doug - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the single best book available on Network Analyzer measurements. This book has the right mix of theory and practical examples taken from the authors years of experience. The book is well organized and should be read from beginning to end.
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