Posts in Category Impedance

Low-Frequency DLTS of Perovskite Solar Cells with the MFIA

on 29.06.2021 at 00:19 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) is a powerful and commonly used technique to investigate the concentration and carrier binding energy of defects in semiconductors. The technique involves measuring capacitance transients at different temperatures, typically at 1 MHz. However, DLTS can also […]

Impedance Measurements with Small Amplitude Test Signals

on 03.06.2021 at 19:17 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
When taking an impedance measurement, the test signal amplitude can often be a factor which needs to be minimised to avoid unnecessarily disturbing the sample under test. This blog post presents measurements showing how even small test signals of just […]

Customising the Output Data Format of Impedance Sweeps

on 16.04.2021 at 12:05 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
This short blog post will show you how to customise the exported data of your impedance sweeps on the MFIA and MFLI with MF-IA option. The Sweeper Module of LabOne is an excellent tool to sweep frequency, amplitude or bias […]

Compensating Cables for Accurate Impedance Measurements

on 19.01.2021 at 10:45 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Measuring impedance accurately can be a challenge, especially when the device or material under test is located some distance away from the impedance analyzer at the end of cables. The phase delay and parasitic impedance of the cables can significantly […]

DC I-V Sweeps on the MFIA

on 10.01.2020 at 09:07 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Characterizing the impedance of components and materials with the MFIA is done by necessity with an AC signal. However, the MFIA and MFLI can also take DC measurements. This blog post shows how easy it is to take DC measurements, […]

Bioimpedance of a Muscle Contraction with the MFIA

on 22.11.2019 at 09:20 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Impedance measurements of biological tissue are commonly used in bio-engineering and life sciences to assess the condition and composition of tissue in a non-invasive, reproducible way.  In addition, bio-impedance measurements, also known as bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) or electrical impedance […]

What is the Basic Accuracy of an Impedance Analyzer?

on 29.08.2019 at 11:09 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
This blog explains the meaning of basic accuracy when referring to impedance analyzers. The accuracy of an impedance analyzer is a critical parameter that allows the user to know how close the measured impedance will be to the true impedance […]

Measuring low ESL and low ESR of a DC-Link Capacitor with the MFIA Impedance Analyzer

on 10.06.2019 at 09:25 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Introduction: This blog post describes how the MFIA (and MFLI with MF-IA option), can characterize the equivalent series inductance (ESL) and equivalent series resistance (ESR) of a DC-Link capacitor typically used in power inverters for electric vehicles. The ESR and […]

Square pulses for DLTS measurements on the MFIA

on 22.08.2018 at 16:00 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Producing square voltage pulses and capturing capacitance transients This blog post shows how to produce square voltage pulses and capture the resulting capacitance transients on a short timescale (20 us) for example, for Deep-level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements. Using the LabOne Threshold Unit […]

Rapid and Accurate C-V Measurements on the MFIA

on 19.08.2018 at 15:50 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Fast C-V measurements up to 3000 V/s This blog post demonstrates the ability of the MFIA (also MFLI with MF-IA option) to measure capacitance on a short timescale (20 us) as a function of DC bias voltage, for example, for […]

Displaying Nyquist Plots on the MFIA Impedance Analyzer

on 27.09.2017 at 13:45 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
A short guide to displaying impedance data as Nyquist plots on the LabOne Sweeper of the MFIA. Nyquist plots are a key tool when displaying complex impedance data. They display the real part of the signal on the X-axis against […]

Kramers–Kronig Test Applied to Impedance Measurements of Electrical Circuits

on 25.09.2017 at 06:57 by Mehdi on Blog of Mehdi Alem
Introduction  In this post, the Kramers-Kronig relations are used to verify the results of an impedance measurement experiment performed by the Zurich Instruments MFIA Impedance Analyzer or MFLI Lock-in Amplifier equipped with the MF-IA option. The Kramers-Kronig relations state that the real […]

LCR Meter vs Impedance Analyzer

on 11.08.2017 at 14:52 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
We are often asked about the difference between LCR Meters and Impedance Analyzers, especially since the MFIA offers the functionality of both instruments. LCR-meters and impedance analyzers are fundamentally similar, in that they both measure impedance parameters such as capacitance, […]

Teraohm Impedance measurements with the MFIA Impedance Analyzer

on 29.05.2017 at 11:45 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Introduction This blog post describes impedance measurements of a 1 TΩ commercially-available resistor using the MFIA impedance Analyzer. This further demonstrates the performance of the MFIA to accurately measure challenging components with very high impedance.  Thanks to a clear reactance […]

Characterizing High-Q 100 pF Capacitors with the Zurich Instruments MFIA

on 30.01.2017 at 09:30 by Tim Ashworth on Blog of Tim Ashworth
Introduction In the last impedance blog post we discussed how the MFIA could be used to investigate 3000 F capacitors, here we turn to the other end of the spectrum to investigate 100 pF capacitors. Specifically, this blog post looks at […]

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