[time-nuts] Thermal effects on cables

Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk
Tue Jan 24 05:33:19 EST 2017

On 23 January 2017 at 17:29, Tim Shoppa <tshoppa at gmail.com> wrote:

> Funny how people always want to put the words "dielectric" and "constant"
> right next to each other but we know it isn't constant :-)
> Tim N3QE

Yes. I will have to look into this, as I see some quite widely different
values quoted for the dielectric constant of PTFE. I have an HP 4291B
impedance/material analyzer


and  16453A dielectric material test fixture


To make a measurement of the permittivity of a material, the calibration
procedure is a bit complicated, needing 6 or 7 standards, but at one point
you need to use a dielectric of known thickness and known permittivity. I
believe it defaults to 2.1, which is supposed to be what the bit of PTFE
Keysight supply is. Needless to say I don't have that, and I'm not spending
the best part of £500 for a bit of PTFE that's 1 mm thick. But I've seen
values of Er of PTFE quoted from 2.0 to 2.2.


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