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Abstract #1692

Accurate Noise Figure Measurements for Highly Mismatched Preamplifiers

Daniel Højrup Johansen1, Juan D. Sanchez-Heredia1, Vitaliy Zhurbenko1, and Jan H. Ardenkjær-Larsen1,2

1Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 2GE Healthcare, Brøndby, Denmark

A method reducing the uncertainty of noise figure measurements of highly mismatched preamplifiers is presented. In many cases when measuring the noise figure of preamplifiers for MRI receive arrays the uncertainty is approximately ±0.4 dB. Since the noise figure of the preamplifier is also in this range, a more accurate method is needed. Here we show an increase of 59 % in noise figure accuracy by adding an attenuator between the noise source and preamplifier.

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