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S11 of Ideal Transmission line on a Smith Chart

  1. Sep 29, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    An ideal transmission line is terminated with a load impedance of 90 ohms and has a characteristic impedance of 50 ohms. Why does it's S11 response trace out a circle on the smith chart?

    2. Relevant equations
    [tex]Z_{\text{in}}=Z_0\frac{Z_0+j Z_L \tan(\beta l)}{Z_L+j Z_0 \tan(\beta l)}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So my thought was that perhaps I can plug the expression for ##Z_{\text{in}}## into the expression for ##S_{11}## and simplify and get an expression for a circle. After many tries, the closest thing I can come up with is the following.

    [tex]S_{11}=\frac{e^{-j\beta l}}{(Z_0+Z_L)}\left[ (Z_L-Z_0)\cos(\beta l)- j (Z_L+Z_0) \sin(\beta l) \right][/tex]

    This kind of looks like the equation for an ellipse inside the brackets, but the term out front kills it.

    Am I doing this all wrong???
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  3. Oct 3, 2015 #2


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    If you set l, the length of the transmission line to zero, then ZIN should equal ZL. But it doesn't in your first expression. Look again at your expression for ZIN.
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