Capacitance-increase method

Alon Kuperman, Saad Tapuchi, Sergej Makarenko, Uri Suissa

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A new method for capacitance increase is proposed, thus allowing for capacitance standards with a sixfold higher value than those currently found in the market. The method can be used for capacitance increase in any standard and provides a solution for calibration problems of high-capacitance four-terminal meters. The increase in capacitance is based on the introduction of inductive coupling between the current and potential circuits in devices with four electrodes. The output capacitance is created by the summation of the capacitive and inductive parameters that were formed in various channels. The operating frequency range resides at the left of the resonant frequency and is separated from the resonance by a range of frequencies called protective band. The limitations on the width of this band and the quality factor are considered in this paper and are discussed in depth. It is shown that standards should be calibrated on each operating frequency when using the proposed method. The uncertainties of the method are also analyzed, and the factors that affect the uncertainty increase are clearly indicated. Simulation and experimental results are presented to verify the proposed method and demonstrate its feasibility.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5415612
Pages (from-to)832-839
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Capacitance measurement
  • Capacitance transducers
  • Measurement errors
  • Measurement standards
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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