Project: A quantum standard for sampled electrical measurements

The performance of electrical sensors depends on the conversion of analogue and digital signals and, as new products perform at the limits of what is currently possible to measure, the sampling rates of analogue-to-digital convertors and digital-to-analogue converters need to increase. Recent progress in the semiconductor industry, and particularly in precision integrated circuits, has exposed a gap in the direct and traceable voltage measurement for precision devices operating at high frequencies, above 10 MHz. Therefore, new methods for disseminating the volt to non-stationary or alternating waveforms (AC) are needed. This project will develop a measurement system based on the Josephson effect for the dynamic calibration of the latest generation of analogue-to-digital convertors, according to the current IEC and IEEE standards. It will also improve digital signal processing techniques, while evaluating their contribution to measurement uncertainty, thereby providing direct, traceable measurements within the fast moving electronic sensing sector.

Acronym SIB59 Q-WAVE (Reference Number: SIB59)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Centro Español de Metrología Partner Spain
3 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
4 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
5 Justervesenet Partner Norway
6 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Partner Switzerland
7 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
8 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
9 Slovenski Institut za Kakovost in Meroslovje Partner Slovenia
10 SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB Partner Sweden
11 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Turkey
12 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands