Signal link-path characterization up to 20 GHz based on a stripline structure

Jianmin Zhang*, James L. Drewniak, David J. Pommerenke, Richard E. DuBroff, Zhiping Yang, Wheling Cheng, John Fisher, Sergio Camerlo

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Dielectric properties and losses are two critical issues in signal link-path characterization. To obtain the substrate dielectric properties for a planar transmission line, an analytical solution is derived and validated based on a stripline structure and measured scattering parameters with TRL de-embedding. The characterized dielectric property is used to evaluate dielectric loss and conductor loss. The total loss is thereby found from their summation. The calculated total loss is compared to the measured total loss, and the conductor loss and dielectric loss are then quantifiable. Since the conventional description using the loss tangent and dielectric constant to represent material properties is usually insufficient as the frequency reaches 20 GHz, a Debye model is proposed. The second order Debye parameters are subsequently extracted using a genetic algorithm. A full wave simulation is implemented to verify the determination of two-term Debye model parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC 2006
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility: EMC 2006 - Portland, United States
Duration: 14 Aug 200618 Aug 2006

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
ISSN (Print)1077-4076


Conference2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Debye dispersion law
  • Dielectric property
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Loss quantification
  • Signal link-path characterization
  • Stripline
  • TEM wave
  • TRL de-embedding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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