The reflection coefficient, VSWR, reflection/return loss conversion

  REFL_COEF (VOL) .. reflection coefficient (in voltage))
  REFL_COEF (PWR) .. reflection coefficient (in power))
  VSWR (VOL) .. voltage standing wave ratio
  VSWR (dB) .. voltage standing wave ratiomin (in dB)
  REFL_LOSS (dB) .. reflection loss
  RETN_LOSS (dB) .. return loss
  NORM_IMP .. normalized load impedance

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Unmatched load connected with transmission line causes reflected waves and following phenomenon.
  1) transmission loss by reflection
  2) frequency dependency of transmission characteristics
  3) standing wave caused by interference between incident and reflected 
Generally following parameters are used to evaluate the amount of reflection. We must pay attention that all the parameters other than "reflection coeeficient" have no information about direction of reflection.

reflection coefficient

This is the ratio of reflected wave to incident wave at point of reflection. This value varies from -1 (for short load) to +1 (for open load), and becomes 0 for matched impedance load.

reflection coefficient in power

This is a squere of the eflection coefficient which means the ratio of the reflected power to the incident power.

Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR)

This is the ratio of maxmum voltage to minimum voltage in standing wave pattern. It varies from 1 to (plus) infinit.

reflection loss

This is a ratio of reflected power to incident power in dB.

return loss

This is the dB value of absolute reflection coefficient. It is rather curious concept for transmission engneering. This loss value becomes 0 for 100% reflection and becomes infinite for ideal connection.

The reflection coefficient can be calculated from the "normalized value" of the load impedance.

  r = (Zn - 1)/(Zn + 1)
  Zn = Z/Z0

  where   r = reflection coefficient
          Zn = normalized load impedance
          Z0 = characteristic impedance of line (Ohm)
          Z = load impedance (Ohm)

Following relations stand for these parameters.

  reflection coefficient in power = r^2
  VSWR = (1 + abs(r))/(1 - abs(r))
  reflection loss = -10*log10(1 - r^2)     [dB]
  return loss = 10*log10(r^2)  [dB]
  r = reflection coefficient
The "abs(x)" replesents absolute value of x. The "log10(x)" replesents the common (base of 10) logarithm of x.