A frequency-domain method is presented for the numerical steady-state analysis of nonlinear microwave circuits. Nonlinear elements are described with Chebyshev expansions or rational functions of Chebyshev expansions and their response is calculated directly in the frequency domain. Since no time-to-frequency conversions are needed, the method is especially suitable for multi-tone problems which are difficult to solve with harmonic-balance methods. Numerically stable recursive procedures allow the use of high-degree expansions for strongly nonlinear devices. The analysis method is coupled with a new measurement-based modelling approach, where the frequency-domain large-signal model is directly constructed through integration from the measured small-signal y-parameters. The resulting model is inherently consistent and allows an accurate representation of the frequency-dependent characteristics of nonlinear devices. The analysis method and modelling approach are experimentally verified by two- and three-tone measurements on a MESFET mixer.
|Award date||9 Jul 1993|
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
|MoE publication type||G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)|
- microwave devices
- nonlinear systems
- numerical analysis