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Prof. Ji Chen Notes 12 Transmission Lines (Smith Chart) ECE 3317 1 Spring 2014

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Smith Chart The Smith chart is a very convenient graphical tool for analyzing transmission lines and studying their behavior. A network analyzer (Agilent N5245A PNA-X) showing a Smith chart. 2

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Smith Chart (cont.) 3 Phillip Hagar Smith (April 29, 1905– August 29, 1987) was an electrical engineer, who became famous for his invention of the Smith chart. Smith graduated from Tufts College in 1928. While working for RCA, he invented his eponymous Smith chart. He retired from Bell Labs in 1970. Phillip Smith invented the Smith Chart in 1939 while he was working for The Bell Telephone Laboratories. When asked why he invented this chart, Smith explained: “From the time I could operate a slide rule, I've been interested in graphical representations of mathematical relationships.” In 1969 he published the book Electronic Applications of the Smith Chart in Waveguide, Circuit, and Component Analysis, a comprehensive work on the subject. From Wikipedia:

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Smith Chart (cont.) The Smith chart is really a complex plane: 1 4

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Smith Chart (cont.) Denote (complex variable) Real part: Imaginary part: so 5

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Smith Chart (cont.) From the second one we have Substituting into the first one, and multiplying by (1-x), we have 6

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Smith Chart (cont.) Algebraic simplification: 7

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Smith Chart (cont.) 8

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This defines the equation of a circle: center: radius: Note: 9

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Smith Chart (cont.) Now we eliminate the resistance from the two equations. From the second one we have: Substituting into the first one, we have 10

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Smith Chart (cont.) Algebraic simplification: 11

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Smith Chart (cont.) This defines the equation of a circle: center:radius: Note: 12

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Smith Chart (cont.) This defines the equation of a circle: 13

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Smith Chart (cont.) 14 Actual Smith chart:

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Smith Chart (cont.) Important points: S/C O/C Perfect Match 15

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Smith Chart (cont.) angle change = 2 l 16 Transmission Line Generator Load z = -l To generator ZgZg z ZLZL z = 0 Z0Z0 S

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Smith Chart (cont.) We go completely around the Smith chart when 17

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Smith Chart (cont.) In general, the angle change on the Smith chart as we go towards the generator is: 18 The angle change is twice the electrical length change on the line: = -2( l).

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Smith Chart (cont.) Note: The Smith chart already has wavelength scales on the perimeter for your convenience (so you don’t need to measure angles). 19 The “wavelengths towards generator” scale is measured clockwise, starting (arbitrarily) here. The “wavelengths towards load” scale is measured counterclockwise, starting (arbitrarily) here.

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Reciprocal Property Go half-way around the Smith chart: B A 20 Normalized impedances become normalized admittances.

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Normalized Voltage Normalized voltage We can use the Smith chart as a crank diagram. 21

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SWR The SWR is read off from the normalized resistance value on the positive real axis. As we move along the transmission line, we stay on a circle of constant radius. 22 On the positive real axis: (from the previous property proved about a real load) Positive real axis

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Example X Given: Use the Smith chart to plot the magnitude of the normalized voltage, find the SWR, and find the normalized load admittance. 23 Set

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Example (cont.) SWR = 5.8 24

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Smith Chart as an Admittance Chart The Smith chart can also be used as an admittance calculator instead of an impedance calculator. where Hence or 25

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Admittance Chart (cont.) 26

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Comparison of Charts 27 Impedance chart Inductive region Capacitive region

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Comparison of Charts (cont.) 28 Admittance chart Capacitive region Inductive region

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Using the Smith chart for Impedance and Admittance Calculations We can convert from normalized impedance to normalized admittance, using the reciprocal property (go half-way around the smith chart). We can then continue to use the Smith chart on an admittance basis. 29 We can use the same Smith chart for both impedance and admittance calculations. The Smith chart is then either the plane or the - plane, depending on which type of calculation we are doing. For example:

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Example Find the normalized admittance /8 away from the load. 30

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Admittance Chart (cont.) 31 Answer:

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