Volterra series

The Volterra series is a mathematical tool to model RF amplifiers with memory and in general, any non linear system with memory. In many ways the Volterra series is analogous to the Taylor series for systems with no memory. The Taylor series has coefficients multiplying each power of the independent variable. The Volterra series has “kernels”. Volterra kernels are difficult to calculate beyond the third order so most analysis only uses that as the maximum limit in analysis. The Volterra series was used to develop the behavioral model of a RF power amplifier. Please visit the SPG website for more articles and items of interest.