ABSORPTION WAVEMETERA device used for measuring frequency, consisting of a tuned
circuit or cavity that is loosely coupled to the frequency being measured. Maximum energy
is absorbed at the resonant frequency.
BOLOMETERAn rf detector that converts rf power to heat, which causes a change in the
resistance of the material used in the detector. This change in resistance varies in proportion
with the amount of applied power and is used to measure the amount of applied power.
CALORIMETERA device that measures rf power by measuring the heat the rf power
CAVITY WAVEMETERAn instrument used to measure microwave frequencies. The
resonant frequency of the cavity is determined by its inside dimensions.
COAXIAL-LINE WAVEMETERSA shorted section of a coaxial line used to measure rf
frequencies. It is calibrated in either wavelength or frequency.
CROSS MODULATIONAn intermodulation condition that occurs when a carrier is
modulated by an undesired signal.
CURRENT PROBEAn inductive device used for measuring the current in a conductor.
Probes are designed to be clamped around the insulated conductor.
CURRENT TRACERAn inductively coupled device used for tracing current paths to
determine the cause of low-impedance faults on a printed-circuit board.
DECADE RESISTOR (DECADE RESISTANCE BOX)It typically has two or more
sections, each containing 10 precision resistors wired to selector switches. A piece of test
equipment that provides a ready source of various resistances for engineering and
DECIBEL (dB)A standard unit for expressing relative power levels as the ratio of power out
to power in.
dBmA unit used to express power levels above or below a l-milliwatt reference level at a
designated load impedance (usually 600 ohms).
DIFFERENTIAL VOLTMETERA precision voltmeter that measures an unknown voltage
by comparing it to a precision internal-reference voltage supply.
ELECTROSTATIC-DISCHARGE SENSITIVE (ESDS) DEVICEElectronic components
that are susceptible to damage from static charges.
FIBER OPTICSConductors that are usually constructed of plastic or glass fibers that readily
pass light. Used primarily for transmission of high-speed data over relatively short distances.