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Spectrum Analysis Basics - Application Note
This application note (also known as AN 150) explains the fundamentals of swept-tuned, superheterodyne spectrum analyzers and discusses the latest advances in spectrum analyzer capabilities.

Application Note 2014-02-25

Calibration and Specification Considerations When Using Modular Instrumentation - Application Note
Modular instruments such as PXI and AXIe offer significant configuration flexibility, interchangeability, speed, and size advantages but also present unique calibration challenges. This paper examines these issues in detail and considers both in situ calibration and calibration performed outside the use environment.

Application Note 2013-11-01

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Problem with Subtype Learning When Used with the Connector Algorithm in R7.0
5DX Technical Paper - Problem with Subtype Learning When Used with the Connector Algorithm in R7.0

Application Note 2013-10-29

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How Senior Managers Perceive the Importance of Calibration - White Paper
This paper, presented at the National Conference of Standards Laboratories International July 2013, discusses the importance of measurement accuracy and the financial impact it can have on the bottom line.

Application Note 2013-07-01

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Setting and Adjusting Instrument Calibration Intervals - Application Note
This document explains how Agilent determines the recommended calibration interval, and why and how this can be extended or reduced.

Application Note 2013-06-11

Paperless Calibration - White Paper
Discusses the benefits of storing calibration records electronically rather than on paper in filing cabinets and explains why having a hard copy of these files is not necessary.

Application Note 2013-01-25

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Language of Specifications - White Paper
This paper explains some of the arcane language used in describing a product's characteristics.

Application Note 2013-01-08

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Calibration of Time Base Oscillators - White Paper
As more accurate clocks were produced, new uses of time measurement were explored. As new uses were discovered, the need for even more accurate clocks became apparent.

Application Note 2012-12-21

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Specifications Guidelines - White Paper
Agilent Technologies has definitions for its Test & Measurement product specifications and how they are presented. The following material is extracted from these manufacturing recommendations.

Application Note 2012-12-21

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Crystal Oscillator Testing - White Paper
A policy concerning the testing of the reference oscillators contained within many instruments has been defined and adopted in Agilent's service centers worldwide.

Application Note 2012-12-21

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Selecting a Calibration Vendor - White Paper
Cost is important but are there any other questions that need to be asked in selecting a calibration supplier?

Application Note 2012-12-11

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Using a Manufacturer's Specification as a Type B Error Contribution - White Paper
Examines the implications of using a manufacturer's specification in an uncertainty analysis; and how calibration laboratories use uncertainty data in their quality systems and customer-facing documents.

Application Note 2012-12-10

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Understanding the Fundamental Principles of Vector Network Analysis - Application Note 1287-1
This application note explores the fundamental principles of vector network analysis. The discussion includes the common parameters (S-parameters). RF fundamentals such as transmission lines and the Smith chart will also be reviewed.

Application Note 2012-12-07

Spectrum Analyzer CW Power Measurements and the Effects of Noise - Article
This paper examines how to configure a spectrum analyzer to measure a low-power continuous wave (CW) signal so that the trade-off between measurement time and accuracy is optimized.

Article 2012-12-01

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Defining Your Calibration Requirement - White Paper
These are the steps that can be taken when actually placing an order to ensure you get a "proper" calibration.

Article 2012-11-08

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Instrument Design Validation and Recommended Calibration Policy - White Paper
Provides background information on the test philosophies and methods used when developing instrument verification and adjustment procedures.

Application Note 2012-11-08

Too Much Calibration? - White Paper
This paper explains the variables at work in the world of calibration - how they can be used to find the elusive balance point between cost and confidence, or "too much" and "not enough" calibration.

Application Note 2012-10-24

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The Six Axes Of Calibration - White Paper
To help demonstrate the variances in the deliverables and value of calibration due to lack of regulation. They have been split into 6 axes. This document discusses each of these axes.

Application Note 2012-10-24

Connector Pin Recession and its Effect on Network Analyzer Accuracy - White Paper
Outlines an experiment undertaken to assess the impact on the measurement of reflection coefficient when using 3.5 mm connectors.

Application Note 2012-10-24

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The Metrological & Financial Implications of a Clogged Fan Filter - White Paper
This article discussed the implications of having a clogged air filter and addresses solutions to helping in the prevention of clogged air filters.

Application Note 2012-10-24

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Calibration of Precision Step Attenuators - White Paper
Automated parallel IF substitution system for precision attenuator calibration which has been in use for over 15 years and presents results of tests made on some very accurate attenuators.

Application Note 2012-10-14

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Sensitivity Analysis of One-port Characterized Devices in Vector Network Analyzer Calibrations
Results of a study on the use of characterized devices in microwave vector network analyzer (VNA) calibrations and measurements. A review of the theory of one-port characterized device calibration.

Application Note 2012-10-14

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Photonics Connector Care: Effects of Damage Connectors and Interfaces in Fiber Optic Measurements
To qualify or predict the effects of damaged fiber optic connectors or optical interfaces, a qualitative assessment can ensure that these connectors are kept in a condition of optimum performance.

Application Note 2012-10-14

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Fully-Automatic DMM Calibration System - White Paper
Describes a fully-automatic calibration system for digtial multimeters (DMMs), including the uncertainty estimation of DC Voltage measurements.

Application Note 2012-10-14

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Understanding Measurement Risk - White Paper
An intuitive explanation of probability density functions drawing on Monte Carlo simulation to demonstrate the relationship between a device's true values and corresponding measured value.

Application Note 2012-10-09

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