From
Introduction
Path Loss: models of "largescale effects" Free space loss

Plane earth loss, ground reflections 

Diffraction 
MicroCellular , indoor channels
Shadowing , joint effect of multiple interferers.
Multipath : Rician and Rayleigh fading
Doppler spectrum, rate of fading, random FM
Threshold crossing rate TCR and average fade duration AFD
Delay spread and coherence bandwidth
Scatter function
Reciprocity of uplink and downlink
Appendix 1: Antenna Fundamentals
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Landmobile communication is burdened with particular propagation complications compared to the channel characteristics in radio systems with fixed and carefully positioned antennas. The antenna height at a mobile terminal is usually very small, typically less than a few meters. Hence, the antenna is expected to have very little 'clearance', so obstacles and reflecting surfaces in the vicinity of the antenna have a substantial influence on the characteristics of the propagation path. Moreover, the propagation characteristics change from place to place and, if the mobile unit moves, from time to time. Thus, the transmission path between the transmitter and the receiver can vary from simple direct line of sight to one that is severly obstructed by buildings, foliage and the terrain.
In generic system studies, the mobile radio channel is usually evaluated from 'statistical' propagation models: no specific terrain data is considered, and channel parameters are modelled as stochastic variables. The mean signal strength for an arbitrary transmitterreceiver (TR) separation is useful in estimating the radio coverage of a given transmitter whereas measures of signal variability are key determinants in system design issues such as antenna diversity and signal coding.
Three mutually independent, multiplicative propagation phenomena can usually be distinguished: multipath fading, shadowing and 'largescale' path loss.
Multipath propagation leads to rapid fluctuations of the phase and amplitude of the signal if the vehicle moves over a distance in the order of a wave length or more. Multipath fading thus has a 'smallscale' effect.
Shadowing is a 'mediumscale' effect: field strength variations occur if the antenna is displaced over distances larger than a few tens or hundreds of metres.
The 'largescale' effects of path losses cause the received power to vary gradually due to signal attenuation determined by the geometry of the path profile in its entirety. This is in contrast to the local propagation mechanisms, which are determined by builfing and terrain features in the immediate vicinity of the antennas.
The largescale effects determine a power level averaged over an area of tens or hundreds of metres and therefore called the 'areamean' power. Shadowing introduces additional fluctuations, so the received localmean power varies around the areamean. The term 'localmean' is used to denote the signal level averaged over a few tens of wave lengths, typically 40 wavelengths. This ensures that the rapid fluctuations of the instantaneous received power due to multipath effects are largely removed.
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The most appropriate path loss model depends on the location of the receiving antenna. For the example above at:
location 1, free space loss is likely to give an accurate estimate of path loss.
location 2, a strong lineofsight is present, but ground reflections can significantly influence path loss. The plane earth loss model appears appropriate.
location 3, plane earth loss needs to be corrected for significant diffraction losses, caused by trees cutting into the direct line of sight.
location 4, a simple diffraction model is likely to give an accurate estimate of path loss.
location 5, loss prediction fairly difficult and unreliable since multiple diffraction is involved.
Figure 1: Average path loss versus distance in UHF bands as measured in Northern Germany. (a, green): forestrial terrain; (b, orange): open area; (grey): average of (a) and (b); (black): Egli's model
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For propagation distances d much larger than the square of the antenna size divided by the wavelength, the farfield of the generated electromagnetic wave dominates all other components (in the farfield region the electric and magnetic fields vary inversely with distance). In free space, the power radiated by an isotropic antenna is spread uniformly and without loss over the surface of a sphere surrounding the antenna. An isotropic antenna is a hypothetical entity!! Even the simplest antenna has some directivity. For example, a linear dipole has uniform power flow in any plane perpendicular to the axis of the dipole (omnidirectionality) and the maximum power flow is in the equatorial plane (see Appendix 1: Antenna Fundamentals).
The surface area of a sphere of radius d is 4 d ^{2} , so that the power flow per unit area w(power flux in watts/meter ^{2} ) at distance d from a transmitter antenna with input accepted power p _{T} and antenna gain G _{T} is
Transmitting antenna gain is defined as the ratio of the intensity (or power flux) radiated in some particular direction to the radiation intensity that would be obtained if the power accepted by the antenna were radiated isotropically. When the direction is not stated, the power gain is usually taken in the direction of
maximum power flow. The product G _{T} p _{T} receiving antenna with gain G _{R} is
is called the effective radiated power (ERP) of the transmitter. The available power p _{R} at the terminals of a
where A is the effective area or aperture of the antenna and velocity of light and f _{c} the carrier frequency.
(see Appendix 1: Antenna Fundamentals). The wavelength
= c / f _{c} with c the
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While cellular telephone operator mostly calculate in received powers, in the planning of the coverage area of broadcast transmitters, the CCIR recommends
the use of the electric field strength E at the location of the receiver. The conversion is
Exercise :
Show that for a reference transmitter with ERP of 1 kwatt in free space,
As the propagation distance increases, the radiated energy is spread over the surface of a sphere of radius d, so the power received decreases proportional to
d ^{2} . Expressed in dB, the received power is
Exercise :
Show that the path loss L between two isotropic antennas (G _{R} = 1, G _{T} = 1) can be expressed as
L (dB)=  32.44  20 log ( f _{c} / 1MHz)  20 log (d / 1km)
which leads engineers to speak of a "20 log d" law.
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If we consider the effect of the earth surface, the expressions for the received signal become more complicated than in case of free space propagation. The main effect is that signals reflected off the earth surface may (partially) cancel the line of sight wave.
For an isotropic or omnidirectional antenna above a plane earth, the received electric field strength is
with R _{g} the reflection coefficient and E _{0} the field strength for propagation in free space. This expression can be interpreted as the complex sum of a direct lineofsight wave, a groundreflected wave and a surface wave. The phasor sum of the first and second term is known as the space wave.
For a horizontallypolarized wave incident on the surface of a perfectly smooth earth,
where
the conductivity of the ground and _{0} the dielectric constant of vacuum.
_{r} is the relative dielectric constant of the earth,
is the angle of incidence (between the radio ray and the earth surface) and x =
For vertical polarization
/(2
f _{c} _{0} ) with
Exercise
Show that the reflection coefficient tends to 1 for angles close to 0. Verify that for vertical polarization, abs( R _{c} ) > 0.9 for
polarization, abs( R _{c} ) > 0.5 for
< 5 degrees and abs( R _{c} ) > 0.9 for
< 1 degree.
<10 degrees. For horizontal
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The relative amplitude F(.) of the surface wave is very small for most cases of mobile UHF communication (F(.) << 1). Its contribution is relevant only a few wavelengths above the ground. The phase difference between the direct and the groundreflected wave can be found from the tworay approximation considering only a LineofSight and a Ground Reflection. Denoting the transmit and receive antenna heights as h _{T} and h _{R} , respectively, the phase difference can be expressed as
For large d, one finds, using
the expression
,
For large d, (d >> 5h _{T} h _{R} ), the reflection coefficient tends to 1, so the received signal power becomes
For propagation distances substantially beyond the turnover point  i.e.
 this expression tends to the fourth power distance law:
Exercise
Discuss the effect of path loss on the performance of a cellular radio network. Is it good to have signals attenuate rapidly with increasing distance?
Experiments confirm that in macrocellular links over smooth, plane terrain, the received signal power (expressed in dB) decreases with "40 log d". Also a "6 dB/octave" height gain is experienced: doubling the height increases the received power by a factor 4.
In contrast to the theoretical plane earth loss, Egli measured a significant increase of the path loss with the carrier frequency f _{c} . He proposed the semiempirical model
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i.e., he introduced a frequency dependent empirical correction for ranges 1< d < 50 km, and carrier frequencies 30 MHz < f _{c} < 1 GHz.
For communication at short range, this formula looses its accuracy because the reflection coefficient is not necessarily close to 1. For
propagation is more appropriate, but a number of significant reflections must be taken into account. In streets with high buildings, guided propagation may occur.
, free space
If the direct lineofsight is obstructed by a single object ( of height h _{m} ), such as a mountain or building, the attenuation caused by diffraction over such an object can be estimated by treating the obstruction as a diffracting knifeedge.
Figure: Path profile model for (single) knife edge diffraction
This is the simplest of diffraction models, and the diffraction loss in this case can be readily estimated using the classical Fresnel solution for the field in the shadow behind a halfplane. Thus, the field strength in the shadowed region is given by
where E _{0} is the free space field strength in the absence of the knifeedge and F(v) is the complex Fresnel integral which is a tabulated function of the diffraction parameter
where d _{T} and d _{R} are the terminal distances from the knife edge. The diffraction loss, additional to free space loss and expressed in dB, can be closely
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approximated by
The attenuation over rounded obstacles is usually higher than A _{d}_{i}_{f}_{f} in the above formula.
Approximate techniques to compute the diffraction loss over multiple knife edges have been proposed by
Bullington
Figure: Construction for approximate calculation of Multiple KnifeEdge diffraction loss, proposed by Bullington
The method by Bullington defines a new effective obstacle at the point where the lineofsight from the two antennas cross.
Epstein and Peterson
Construction for approximate calculation of multiple knifeedge diffraction loss, proposed by Epstein and Peterson
Epstein and Peterson suggested that linesofsight be drawn between relevant obstacles and the diffraction losses at each obstacle be added.
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Deygout
Construction for approximate calculation of multiple knifeedge diffraction loss, proposed by Deygout
Deygout suggested that entire path be searched for a main obstacle, i.e., the point with the highest value of v along the path. Diffraction losses over "secondary" obstacles may be added to the diffraction loss over the main obstacle.
The previously presented methods for ground reflection loss and diffraction losses suggest a "Mondriaan" interpretation of the path profile: Obstacles occur as straight vertical lines while horizontal planes cause reflections. That is the propagation path is seen as a collection of horizontal and vertical elements. Accurate computation of the path loss over nonlineofsight paths with ground reflections is a complicated task and does not allow such simplifications.
Many measurements of propagation losses for paths with combined diffraction and ground reflection losses indicate that knife edge type of obstacles significantly reduce ground wave losses. Blomquist suggested three methods that may be used to find the total loss  viz.
Bullington
Blomquist
Blomquist empirical formula
where A _{f}_{s} is the free space loss, A _{R} is the ground reflection loss and A _{d}_{i}_{f}_{f} is the multiple knifeedge diffraction loss in dB values.
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Most generic system studies address networks in which all mobile units have the same gain, height and transmitter power. For ease of notation, received signal powers and propagation distances can be normalized. In macrocellular networks (1 km < d < 50 km), the areamean received power can be written as
with r the normalized distance and
conducting terrain. Typical values for irregular terrain are between 3.0 and 3.4 and in forestal terrain propagation can be appropriately described as in free
space plus some diffraction losses, but without significant groundwave losses (
vary as different propagation mechanisms dominate at different ranges. In microcellular nets,
at some turnover distance d _{g} . Experimental values of d _{g} are between 90 and 300 m for h _{T} between 5 and 20 m and h _{R} approximately 2m where h _{T} and
h _{R} are, respectively, the heights of the transmitting and receiving and antennas. These values are in reasonable agreement with the theoretical expression
the path loss exponent. Theoretical
values are, respectively 2 and 4 for free space and plane, smooth, perfectly
). If the propagation model has to cover a wide range of distances,
may
typically changes from approximately 2 to approximately 4
where
is the wavelength of the transmitted wave.
Many models have been proposed and are used in system design:
Harley suggested a smooth transition model, with
where r is a normalized distance, r _{g} is the normalized turnover distance, and
meters to remove to effect of multipath fades). Studies indicate that actual turnover distances are on the order of 800 meters around 2 GHz. This model neglects the waveinterference pattern that may be experienced at ranges shorter than r _{g} .
is the localmean power (i.e., the received power averaged over a few
Other models, such as a stepwise transition from "20 log d" to "40 log d" at the turnover distance, have been proposed. Empiri cal values for the path loss exponents and their intervals of validity have been reported in many papers. See the following table.
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Model 
Area 
1


2 

FSL 
free space 
2 
0 

Egli 
average terrain 
0 
4 

tworay 
plane earth 
2 
2 

Green 
London 
1.7 
to 2.1 
2 to 7 

Harley 
Melbourne 
1.5 
to 2.5 
0.3 to 0.5 

Pickhlotz, et al. 
Orlando, Florida 
1.3 
3.5 
Typical Harley Parameters
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The microcellular propagation channel typically is Rician : it contains a dominant direct component, with an amplitude determined by path loss, a set of early reflected waves adding (possibly distructively) with the dominant wave, and intersymbol interference caused by the excessively delayed waves, adding incoherently with the dominant wave.
Experiments reported by Egli in 1957 showed that, for paths longer than a few hundred meters, the received (localmean) power fluctuates with a 'lognormal' distribution about the area mean power. "Lognormal" means that the localmean power expressed in logarithmic values  i.e.,
 has a normal  i.e., Gaussian distribution. The probability density function (pdf) of the localmean power is thus of the form
where
_{s} is the logarithmic standard deviation of the shadowing, expressed in natural units.
For average terrain, Egli reported a logarithmic standard deviation of about 8.3 dB and 12 dB for VHF and UHF frequencies, respectively. Such large fluctuations are caused not only by local shadow attenuation by obstacles in the vicinity of the antenna, but also by largescale effects leading to a coarse estimate of the areamean power.
This lognormal fluctuation was called largearea shadowing by Marsan, Hess and Gilbert; over semicircular routes in Chicago, with fixed distance to the base station, it was found to range from 6.5 dB to 10.5 dB, with a median of 9.3 dB. Largearea shadowing thus reflects shadow fluctuations if the vehicle moves over many kilometres.
In contrast to this, in most papers on mobile propagation, only smallarea shadowing is considered: lognormal fluctuations of the localmean power over a
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distance of tens or hundreds of metres are measured. Marsan et al. reported a median of 3.7 dB for small area shadowing. Preller and Koch measured localmean powers at 10 m intervals and studied shadowing over 500 m intervals. The maximum standard deviation experienced was about 7 dB, but 50% of all experiments showed shadowing of less than 4 dB.
If one extends the distinction between largearea and smallarea shadowing, the definition of shadowing covers any statistical fluctuation of the received localmean power about a certain areamean power, with the latter determined by (predictable) largescale mechanisms. Multipath propagation is separated from shadow fluctuations by considering the localmean powers. That is, the standard deviation of the shadowing will depend on the geographical resolution of the estimate of the areamean power. A propagation model which ignores specific terrain data produces about 12 dB of shadowing. On the other hand, prediction methods using topographical data bases with unlimited resolution can, at least in theory, achieve a standard deviation of 0 dB. Thus, the standard deviation is a measure of the impreciseness of the terrain description. If, for generic system studies, the (largescale) path loss is taken of simple form depending only on distance but not on details of the path profile, the standard deviation will necessarily be large. On the other hand, for the planning of a practical network in a certain (known) environment, the accuracy of the largescale propagation model may be refined. This may allow a spectrally more efficient planning if the cellular layout is optimised for the propagation environment.
With shadowing, the interference power accumulates more rapidly than proportionally with the number of signals!! The accumulation of multiple signals with shadowing is a relevant issue in the planning of cellular networks.
Mawaira modelled largearea and smallarea shadowing as two independent superimposed Markovian processes:

3 dB with coherence distance over 100 m, plus 

4 dB with coherence distance 1200 m 
In cellular networks, interference does not come from only one source but from many cochannel transmitters. In a hexagonal reuse pattern the number of interferers typically is six.
At least two different methods are used to estimate the probability distribution of the joint interference power accumulated from several lognormal signals. Such methods are relevant to estimate the joint effect of multiple interfering signals with shadowing. Fenton and Schwartz and Yeh both proposed to
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approximate the pdf of the joint interference power by a lognormal pdf, yet neither could determine it exactly.
The method by Fenton assesses the logarithmic mean and variance of the joint interference signal directly as a function of the logarithmic means and variances of the individual interference signals. This method is most accurate for small standard deviations of the shadowing, say, for less than 4 dB.
The technique proposed by Schwartz and Yeh is more accurate in the range of 4 to 12 dB shadowing, which corresponds to the case of landmobile radio in the VHF and UHF bands. Their method first assesses the logarithmic mean and variance of a joint signal produced by cumulation of two signals. Recurrence is then used in the event of more than two interfering signals. A disadvantage of the latter method is that numerical computations become time consuming.
Table Mean mt and standard deviation st (both in dB) of the joint power of n signals with uncorrelated shadowing, each with mean 0 dB and with identical standard deviation. Networks, with 0, 6, 8.3 and 12 dB of shadowing of individual signals.
0 dB
6 dB
8.3 dB
12 dB
n 
mt 
st 
mt 
st 
mt 
st 
mt 
st 
1 
0.00 0.00 
0.00 
6.00 
0.00 
8.30 
0.00 
12.00 

2 
3.00 0.00 
4.58 
4.58 
5.61 
6.49 
7.45 
9.58 

3 
4.50 0.00 
6.90 
3.93 
8.45 
5.62 
11.20 
8.40 

4 
6.00 0.00 
8.43 
3.54 
10.29 
5.08 
13.62 
7.66 

5 
7.00 0.00 
9.57 
3.26 
11.64 
4.70 
15.37 
7.13 

6 
7.50 0.00 
10.48 
3.04 
12.69 
4.41 
16.74 
6.74 
Besides these methods, by Fenton and Schwartz and Yeh, a number of alternative (and often more simplified) techniques are used. For instance in VHF radio broadcasting, signals fluctuate with location and with time according to lognormal distributions. Techniques to compute the coverage of broadcast transmitters are in CCIR recommendations.
Outage probabilities for systems with multiple Rayleigh fading and shadowed signals can however be computed easily without explicitly estimating the joint effect of multiple shadowed signals.
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The mobile or indoor radio channel is characterized by 'multipath reception': The signal offered to the receiver contains not only a direct lineof sight radio wave, but also a large number of reflected radio waves.
These reflected waves interfere with the direct wave, which causes significant degradation of the performance of the network. A wireless network has to be designed in such way that the adverse effect of these reflections is minimized.
Although channel fading is experienced as an unpredictable, stochastic phenomenon, powerful models have been developed that can accurately predict system performance.
Most conventional modulation techniques are sensitive to intersymbol interference unless the channel symbol rate is small compared to the delay spread of the channel. Nonetheless, a signal received at a frequency and location where reflected waves cancel each other, is heavily attenuated and may thus suffer large bit error rates.
Narrowband Rayleigh, or Rician models mostly address the channel behaviour at one frequency only. Dispersion is modelled by the delay spread.
for a fast moving user: rapid fluctuations of the signal amplitude and phase
for a wideband (digital) signal: dispersion and intersymbol interference
for an analog television signal: "ghost" images (shifted slightly to the right)
for a multicarrier signal: different attenuation at different (sub)carriers and at different locations
for a stationary user of a narrowband system: good reception at some locations and frequencies; poor reception at other locatio ns and frequencies
for a satellite positioning system: strong delayed reflections may cause a severe miscalculation of the distance between user and satellite. This can result in a wrong "fix"
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The model behind Rician fading is similar to that for Rayleigh fading, except that in Rician fading a strong dominant component is present. This dominant component can for instance be the lineofsight wave. Refined Rician models also consider
that the dominant wave can be a phasor sum of two or more dominant signals, e.g. the lineofsight, plus a ground reflection. This combined signal is then mostly treated as a deterministic (fully predictable) process.
that the dominant wave can also be subject to shadow attenuation. This is a popular assumption in the modelling of satellite channels.
Besides the dominant component, the mobile antenna receives a large number of reflected and scattered waves.
The derivation is similar to the derivation for Rayleigh fading. In order to obtain the probability density of the signal amplitude
processes I(t) and Q(t) at one particular instant t _{0} . If the number of scattered waves is sufficiently large, and are i.i.d., the central limit theorem says that I(t _{0} )
and Q(t _{0} ) are Gaussian, but, due to the deterministic dominant term, no longer zero mean. Transformation of variables shows that the amplitude and the phase have the joint pdf
we observe the random
Here,
is the localmean scattered power and C ^{2} /2 is the power of the dominant component. The pdf of the amplitude is found from the integral
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where I _{0} (
)
is the modified Bessel function of the first kind and zero order, defined as
Exercise:
Show that the total localmean power is
,
The Rician Kfactor is defined as the ratio of signal power in dominant component over the (localmean) scattered power. Thus
Expressed in terms of the localmean power
and the Rician Kfactor, the pdf of the signal amplitude becomes
Exercise
Show that for a large localmean signaltonoise ratio
, the probability that the instantaneous power p drops below a noise threshold
tends to
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Examples of Rician fading are found in
Microcellular channels
Vehicle to Vehicle communication, e.g., for AVCS
Indoor propagation
Satellite channels
Rayleigh fading is caused by multipath reception. The mobile antenna receives a large number, say N, reflected and scattered waves. Because of wave cancellation effects, the instantaneous received power seen by a moving antennna becomes a random variable, dependent on the location of the antenna.
In case of an unmodulated carrier, the transmitted signal has the form
.
Next we'll discuss the basic mechanisms of mobile reception.
Let the nth reflected wave with amplitude c _{n} and phase
The Doppler shift of this wave is
arrive from an angle
relative to the direction of the motion of the antenna.
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where v is the speed of the antenna.
,
Figure: Phasor diagram of a set of scattered waves (in blue), resulting a Rayleighfading envelope (in black)
The received unmodulated signal r(t) can be expressed as
An inphasequadrature representation of the form
can be found with inphase component
and quadrature phase component
This propagation model allows us, for instance,
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to compute the probability density function of the received amplitude.
to compute the Doppler spread and the rate of channel fluctuations.
to build a channel simulator
to predict the effect of multiple interfering signals in a mobile channel
to find outage probabilities in a cellular network
If the set of reflected waves are dominated by one strong component, Rician fading is a more appropriate model.
We consider a Rayleigh fading signal. Let the nth reflected wave with amplitude c _{n} and phase motion of the antenna.
The Doppler shift of this wave is
where v is the speed of the antenna.
arrive from an angle
relative to the direction of the
Such motion of the antenna leads to phase shifts of individual reflected waves, so it affects the amplitude of the resulting signal. It is often assumed that the
angle is uniformly distributed within [0, 2
number of waves is very large, we can obtain the Doppler spectrum of the received signal.
]. This allows us to compute a probability density function of the frequency of incoming waves. Assuming that the
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Consider the following sample of a set of reflected waves:
Figure: Phasor diagram of a set of scattered waves (in blue), resulting a Rayleighfading envelope (in black)
Let the nth reflected wave with amplitude c _{n} and phase
arrive from an angle
relative to the direction of the motion of the antenna.
If the mobile antenna moves a small distance d, the nth incident wave, arriving from the angle experiences a phase shift of
(2
d/ ) cos(
)
with respect to the instantaneous direction of motion,
Thus all waves experience their own phase rotation. The resulting vector may significantly change in amplitude if individual components undergo different phase shifts.
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Figure: Phasor diagram of a set of scattered waves after antenna displacement (in blue) and before motion (in light blue), resulting a Rayleighfading envelope (in black)
In mobile radio channels with high terminal speeds, such changes occur rapidly. Rayleigh fading then causes the signal amplitude and phase to fluctuate rapidly.
If d is in the order of half a wave length ( /2) or more, the phases of all incident waves become mutually uncorrelated, thus also the amplitude of the total received signal becomes uncorrelated with the amplitude at the point of departure.
Each reflected wave experiences its own Doppler shift. If an unmodulated carrier is being transmitted, a spectrum of different components is received.
The normalised covariance L(d) of the electric field strength for an antenna displacement d is of the form
with J _{0} (.) the zeroorder Bessel function of the first kind. The signal remains almost entirely correlated for a small displacement, say d<
/8, but becomes rapidly independent for larger displacements, say for d>
/2.
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Figure: Autocovariance L(d) of the electric field strength in a Rayleighfading channel
versus the normalised antenna displacement d/
in horizontal direction.
_{T}_{h}_{e} antenna displacement can also be expressed in the terminal velocity v and the time difference T between the two samples (d = v T). So with f _{m} the maximum Doppler shift (f _{m} = v f _{c} / c).
This page covers analogue AM, SSB, PM and FM modulation.
Various methods exist to transmit a baseband message m(t) using an RF carrier signal
c(t) = A _{c} cos ( the message m(t).
_{c} t +
). In linear modulation, such as Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Single Side band (SSB) the amplitude A _{c} is made a linear function of
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Figure: Phasor Diagram for AM with tonal modulation.
AM has the advantage that the detector circuit can be very simple. This allows inexpensive production of mediumwave broadcast receivers. The transmit power amplifier, however, needs to be highly linear and therefor expensive and power consuming.
For mobile reception of AM audio signals above 100 MHz, the spectrum of channel fluctuations due to fading and in the message overlap. Hence the Automatic Gain Control in the receiver IF stages can not distinguish the message and channel fading. AGC will thus distort the message m(t).
AM is only rarely used for mobile communication, although it is still used for radio broadcasting.
In the frequency power spectrum of AM signals we recognize an upper side band and a lower side sideband, with frequency components above and below the carrier at f _{c} . In Single Side Band transmission, the carrier and one of these side bands are removed.
An SSB message can be recovered by multiplying the received signal by cos(
linear combination of the orginal message m(t) and a 90 degree phaseshifted version (its Hilbert transform). The human ear is not very sensitive to such phase distortion; therefor the detected signal sounds almost identical to m(t), despite any phase offset. However, such phase shifts make SSB unsuitable for digital transmission.
_{c} t +
). If the local oscillator has a phase offset (  ), the detected signal is a
The effect of a frequency error in the local oscillator is more dramatic to analog speech signals. Its effect can best be understood from the frequency domain description of the SSB signal. A frequency shift of all baseband tones occurs. In this case, the harmonic relation between audio tones is lost and the signal sounds very artificial.
SSB is relatively sensitive to interference, which requires large frequency reuse spacings and severely limits the spatial spectrum efficiency of cellular SSB networks.
AGC to reduce the effect of amplitude fades substantially affects the message signal. Furthermore, SSB requires very sharp filters, which are mostly sensitive
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to physical damage, temperature and humidity changes. This makes SSB not very attractive for mobile communication.
In phase modulation, the transmit signal has the constantamplitude form
where the constant is called the phase deviation.
Exercise
Show that for Narrowband Phase Modulation (NBPM) with constant << 1, Phase modulation can be approximated by the linear expression s(t) = A _{c} cos ( _{c} t) + m(t) cos ( _{c} t). Compare NBPM with AM
by drawing the phasor diagrams,
by computing the transmit power in the carrier and each sideband,
by calculating the signaltonoise ratio for coherent detection.
Explain why in mobile communications NBPM has advantages over AM.
For frequency deviation
, the transmit signal is of the form
That is, FM can be implemented by a PM modulator, and an integrator for the message signal.
For a message bandwidth W, the transmit bandwidth B _{T} can be approximated by the Carson bandwidth
In the event of 2W <
<10 W, a better approximation is B _{T} = 2 (
B _{T} = 2 (
+2 W)
+ W)
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Exercise
Find B _{T} for FM broadcasting with
=75 kHz and W = 15 kHz. Cellular telephone nets with speech bandwidth W = 3000 Hz typically transmit over B _{T} =
12.5 or 25 kHz. Find the frequency deviation
. Compare the use of 12.5 and 25 kHz bandwidth in terms of implementation difficulty, audio quality,
vulnerability to interference, reuse factors needed and spectrum efficiency.
After frequencynonselective multipath propagation, a received FM signal
contains random phase and frequency modulation, which are additive to the modulation
suffers from dispersion. The audio signal w ill be distorted.
Reception above the FMThreshold
If the signaltonoise ratio is sufficiently large, the received signal is dominated by the wanted signal. The effect of noise can be approximated as a liniear additive distrurbance. The minimum signaltonoise ratio for which this assumption is reasonable is called the FM capture threshold.
Capture
In nonlinear modulation, such as phase modulation (PM) or frequency modulation (FM), the postdetection signaltonoise ratio can be greatly enhanced as compared to baseband transmission or compared to linear modulation. This enhancement occurs as long as the received predetection signaltonoise ratio is above the threshold. Below the threshold the signaltonoise ratio deteriorates rapidly. This is often perceived if the signaltonoise ratio (C/N) increases slowly: a sudden transition from poor to good reception occurs. The signal appears to "capture" the receiver at certain C/N. A typical threshold value is 10 (10 dB) C/N at RF. The audio SNR where capture occurs depends on the frequency deviation.
Effects of Rayleigh fading on FM reception
In a rapidly fading channel, the events of crossing the FM capture threshold may occur too frequently to be distinguished as individual drop outs. The performance degradation is perceived as an average degradation of the channel. The capture effect and the FM threshold vanish in such situations.
Effect of Amplitude variations
Fluctuations of the signaltonoise ratio cause fluctuations of received noise power and fluctuations of the amplitude of the detected wanted signal. Some analyses assume that the difference between the detected signal and the expected signal is perceived as a noise type of disturbance. It is called the signal suppression 'noise', even though disturbances that are highly correlated with the signal are mostly perceived as 'distortion' rather than as noise.
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Effect of Random FM
For large localmean signaltonoise ratios Random FM is the only remaining factor. For voice communication with audio passband 300  3000 Hz, the noise contribution due to random FM leads to a SNR of
with S the audio power at the detector output. This does not depend on additive predection noise. Wideband transmission (large frequency deviation) is thus significantly less sensitive to random FM than narrowband FM.
The average number of times per second that a fading signal crosses a certain threshold is called the threshold crossing rate. Lets enlarge the following (orange) signal path, at the (yellow) instant when it crosses the (purple) threshold.
Figure: Threshold crossing. Threshold R is crossed with derivative dr/dt.
The above crossing of the threshold R with width dr lasts for dt seconds. The derivative of the signal amplitude, with respect to time, is dr / dt.
If the signal always crosses the threshold with the same derivative, then:
Average number of crossings per second * dt = Probability that the amplitude is in the interval [R, R + dr].
The probability that the signal amplitude is within the window [R, R + dr] is known from the probability density of the signal amplitude, which can for
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instance be Rayleigh, Rician or Nakagami. Moreover, the joint pdf of signal amplitude and its derivative can be found. For a Rayleighfading signal.
The amplitude is Rayleigh, with mean equal to the localmean power
The derivative is zeromean Gaussion with variance
var = 2 * (pi)^2 * (Doppler spread)^2 * local mean power
The expected number of crossings per second is found by integrating over all possible derivatives.
Threshold Crossing Rate in Rayleighfading channel versus fade duration for n = 1, 2, and 6 Rayleighfading interfering signals and for a constant noise floor. Normalized to the Doppler Spread.
The TCR curve has a maximum if the localmeanpower is about as large as the threshold noise or interference power. If the signal is on average much stronger than the threshold, the number of threshold crossings (i.e., deep fades) is relatively small. Also, if the signal is much weaker than the threshold, the number of crossings is small because signal "upfades" are unlikely.
The mobile Rayleigh or Rician radio channel is characterized by rapidly changing channel characteristics. If a certain minimum (threshold) signal level is needed for acceptable communication performance, the received signal will experience periods of
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sufficient signal strength or "nonfade intervals"
insufficient signal strength or "fades"
It is of critical importance to the performance of mobile data networks that the used packet duration is selected taking into account the expected duration of fades and nonfade intervals.
We use:
Fade and nonfade duration for a sample of a fading signal.
Outage Probability = Average number of fades per second * Average fade duration
where the average number of fades per second is called the threshold crossing rate.
In a Rayleigh fading channel with fade margin M, the average nonfade duration (ANFD) is
where f _{D} is the Doppler spread. M is the ratio of the localmean signal power and the minimum (threshold) power needed for reliable communication.
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Average nonfade duration in Rayleighfading channel versus fade margin for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Rayleighfading interfering signals. Normalized by dividing by the Doppler Spread.
The curve for n = 6 closely resembles the curve the ANFD in an interferencefree but noiselimited channel.
Thus
The ANFD is proportional to the speed of the mobile user. Channel fading occurs mainly because the user moves. If the user is stationary almost no time variations of the channel occur (except if reflecting elements in the environment move).
The ANFD increases proportional with the square root of the fade margin.
The nonfade duration is not so sensitive to whether the signal experiences fades below a constant noisefloor or a fading inte rfering signal.
Calculation of the distribution of nonfade periods is tedious, but has been elaborated by Rice. Because of the shape of the Doppler spectrum, fade durations that coincide with a motion of about half a wavelength are relatively frequent.
The average fade duration (AFD) is
Thus
The AFD is proportional to the speed of the mobile user.
The fade durations rapidly reduce with increasing fade margin, but the time between fades increases much slower.
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Average fade duration in Rayleighfading channel versus fade margin for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Rayleighfading interfering signals. Normalized by dividing by the Doppler Spread.
Experiments revealed that at large fade margins, the fade durations are approximately exponentially distributed around their mean value.
Because of multipath reflections, the channel impulse response of a wireless channel looks likes a series of pulses.
Figure: Example of impulse response and frequency transfer function of a multipath channel.
We can define the localmean average received power with excess delay within the interval (T, T + dt). This gives the "delay profile" of the channel.
The delay profile determines to what extent the channel fading at two different frequencies f _{1} and f _{2} are correlated.
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The maximum delay time spread is the total time interval during which reflections with significant energy arrive.
The rms delay spread T _{r}_{m}_{s} is the standard deviation (or rootmeansquare) value of the delay of reflections, weighted proportional to the energy in the reflected waves.
For a digital signal with high bit rate, this dispersion is experienced as frequency selective fading and intersymbol interference (ISI). No serious ISI is likely to occur if the symbol duration is longer than, say, ten times the rms delay spread.
In macrocellular mobile radio, delay spreads are mostly in the range from T _{r}_{m}_{s} is about 100 nsec to 10 microsec. A typical delay spread of 0.25 microsec
corresponds to a coherence bandwidth of about 640 kHz. Measurements made in the U.S., indicated that delay spreads are usually less than 0.2 microsec in open areas, about 0.5 microsec in suburban areas, and about 3 micros in urban areas. Measurements in The Netherlands showed that delay spreads are relatively large in Europeanstyle suburban areas, but rarely exceed 2 microsec. However, large distant buildings such as apartment flats occasionally cause reflections with excess delays in the order of 25 microsec.
In indoor and microcellular channels, the delay spread is usually smaller, and rarely exceed a few hundred nanoseconds. Seidel and Rappaport reported
delay spreads in four European cities of less than 8 microsec in macrocellular channels, less than 2 microsec in microcellular channels, and between 50 and
300 ns in picocellular channels.
A wideband signal with symbol duration T _{c} (or a direct sequence (DS)CDMA signal with chip time T _{c} ), can "resolve" the time dispersion of the channel with
an accuracy of about T _{c} . For DSCDMA, the number of resolvable paths is
N = round (T _{d}_{e}_{l}_{a}_{y} / T _{c}_{h}_{i}_{p} ) +
1
where round(x) is the largest integer value smaller than x and T _{d}_{e}_{l}_{a}_{y} is total length of the delay profile. A DSCDMA Rake receiver can exploit N fold path diversity.
One can define 'narrowband' transmission defined in the time domain, considering interarrival times of multipath reflections and the time scale of variations in the signal caused by modulation. A signal sees a narrowband channel if the bit duration is sufficiently larger than the interarrival time of reflected waves. In
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such case, the intersymbol interference is small.
Transformed into constraints in the frequency domain, this criterion is found to be satisfied if the transmission bandwidth does not substantially exceed the 'coherence' bandwidth B _{c} of the channel. This is the bandwidth over which the channel transfer function remains virtually constant.
For a Rayleighfading channel with an exponential delay profile, one finds
where T _{r}_{m}_{s} is the rms delay spread.
B _{c} = 1/(2
T _{r}_{m}_{s} )
The scatter function combines information about Doppler shifts and path delays. Each path can be described by its
Angle of arrival and Doppler shift
Excess delay
Thus we can plot the received energy in a two dimensional plane, with Doppler shift on one horizontal axis and delay on the other horizontal axis.
Twoway communication requires facilities for 'inbound', i.e., mobiletofixed, as well as 'outbound', i.e., fixedtomobile communication. In circuitswitched mobile communication, such as cellular telephony, the inbound and outbound channel are also called the 'uplink' and 'downlink', respectively. The propagation aspects described on other pages are valid for inbound and outbound channels. This is understood from the reciprocity theorem:
If, in a radio communication link, the role of the receive and transmit antenna are functionally interchanged, the instantaneous transfer characteristics of the radio channel remain unchanged.
In mobile multiuser networks with fading channels, the reciprocity theorem does not imply that the inbound channel behaves identically as the outbound
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channel. Particular differences occur for a number of link aspects:
manmade noise levels The antenna of the base station is usually mounted on an appropriate antenna mast, such that it does not suffer from attenuation caused by obstacles in its vicinity. The mobile antenna, on the other hand, is at most mounted a few metres above ground level. The manmade noise level, particularly automotive ignition noise, is likely to be substantially higher at the mobile antenna than at the base station antenna.
effect of antenna diversity Multipath scatters mostly occur in the immediate vicinity of the mobile antenna. The base station receives more or less a transversal electromagnetic wave, whereas the mobile station receives a superposition of a set of reflected waves from random angles. Two antennas at the mobile terminal are likely to receive uncorrelated signal powers if their separation is more than a wave length. At the base station site, however, all reflections arrive from almost identical directions. Therefore, diversity at the base station requires much larger separation of the antennae to ensure uncorrelated received signal powers at the two antennas. For the same reason, antenna directivity has different effects at the mobile and the base station.
correlation of shadow fading of wanted signal and interfering signals In a cellular network, shadow fading of the wanted signal received by the mobile station is likely to be correlated with the shadow fading of the interference caused by other base stations, or, in a spreadspectrum network, with the shadowing of simultaneously transmitted signals from the same base station. In contrast to this, at the base station, shadow fading of the wanted signal presumably is mostly statistically independent from shadow fading of the interference. However, experimental results for correlation of shadow attenuation are scarce.
fullduplex channels In fullduplex operation, multipath fading of inbound and outbound channel, which operate at widely differ ent frequencies, may be uncorrelated. This will particularly be the case if the delay spread is large.
multiplexing and multiple access In a practical multiuser system with intermittent transmissions, inbound messages are sent via a multipleaccess channel, whereas in outbound channel, signals destined for different users can be multiplexed. In the latter case, the receiver in a mobile station can maintain carrier and bit synchronisation to the continuous incoming bit stream from the base station, whereas the receiver in the base station has to acquire synchronisation for each user slot. Moreover, in packetswitched data networks, the inbound channel has to accept randomly occurring transmissions by the terminals in the service area. Randomaccess protocols are required to organise the data traffic flow in the inbound channel, and access conflicts ('contention') may occur.
In cellular networks with large traffic loads per base station, spreadspectrum modulation can be exploited in the downlink to combat multipath fading, whereas in the uplink, the signal powers from the various mobile subscribers may differ too much to effectively apply spread spectrum multiple access unless sophisticated adaptive power control techniques are employed.
industrial design From a practical point of view, the downlink and the uplink will be designed under entirely different (cost) constraints, such as power consumption, size, weight and other ergonomic aspects, energy radiated into the human body, and consumer cost aspects.
data traffic patterns In packet data networks applied for traffic and transportation, the characteristics of the data traffic flows are known to differ for the uplink and the downlink. For instance, (outbound) messages from a fleet management centre to the vehicles are likely to be of a more routine type, of a more uniform length and occur in a more regular pattern than messages in the opposite (inbound) direction.
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There are several causes of signal corruption in an indoor wireless channel. The primary causes are signal attenuation due to distance, penetration losses through walls and floors and multipath propagation.
Signal attenuation over distance is observed when the mean received signal power is attenuated as a function of the distance from the transmitter. The most common form of this is often called free space loss and is due to the signal power being spread out over the surface area of an increasing sphere as the receiver moves farther from the transmitter.
In addition to free space loss effects, the signal experiences decay due to ground wave loss although this typically only comes into play for very large distances (on the order of kilometers). For indoor propagation this mechanism is less relevant, but effects of wave guidance through corridors can occur.
Multipath results from the fact that the propagation channel consists of several obstacles and reflectors. Thus, the received signal arrives as an unpredictable set of reflections and/or direct waves each with its own degree of attenuation and delay. The delay spread is a parameter commonly used to quantify multipath effects. Multipath leads to variations in the received signal strength over frequency and antenna location.
Time variation of the channel occur if the communicating device (antenna) and components of its environment are in motion. Closely related to Doppler shifting, time variation in conjunction with multipath transmission leads to variation of the instantaneous received signal strength about the mean power level as the receiver moves over distances on the order of less than a single carrier wavelength. Time variation of the channel becomes uncorrelated every half carrier wavelength over distance.
Fortunately, the degree of time variation within an indoor system is much less than that of an outdoor mobile system. One manifestation of time variation is as spreading in the frequency domain (Doppler spreading). Given the conditions of typical indoor wireless systems, frequency spreading should be virtually nonexistent. Doppler spreads of 0.1  6.1 Hz (with RMS of 0.3 Hz) have been reported.
Some researchers have considered the effects of moving people. In particular it was found by Ganesh and Pahlavan [9] that a line of sight delay spread of 40 ns can have a standard deviation of 9.2  12.8 ns. Likewise an obstructed delay spread can have a std. dev. of 3.7  5.7 ns.
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For wireless LANs this could mean that an antenna place in a local multipath null, remains in fade for a very long time. Measures such as diversity are needed to guarantee reliable communication irrespective of the position of the antenna. Wideband transmission, e.g. direct sequence CDMA, could provide frequency diversity.
Indoor RF propagation at 2.4 GHz in Cory Hall at UC Berkeley.
For the infopad project at the University of California, Berkeley propagation measurements have been conducted in Cory Hall, the home of the EECS department.
The measured rms delay spreads ranged from 16  52 ns. Delay spread increased with transmitter/receiver distance as well as room dimensions. The delay spread in the hallway was relatively constant when compared to the other rooms. The path loss drop off rates were 1.72 in the hallway, 1.99 in room 307 and 2.18 in room 550. Significant signal transmission occurs through the walls. For the U.C. Berkeley Cory Hall building, this suggests that walls can not be used as natural cell boundaries.
Indoor Measurement Environment
We made measurements in three rooms and one hallway of Cory Hall as follows:
Room 550 Large office room with cubicles
Room 307 Medium office room with cubicles
Room 400 Small room used for seminars and presentations 4th Floor Hallway (South End)
In all of the tests, the channel was kept stationary while the transfer function H'(f) was measured in the sense that no nonessential movement occurred during a single sweep of frequencies except that required to operate the test equipment. To average out fading, the receive and transmit antennas were slightly varied over position for each given separation distance between the two antennas. Thus, for each separation distance a set of measurements were taken where we define a measurement as being the response from a single sweep over frequency of the network analyzer. During the course of a set of measurements, the amount of position variation between each individual measurement was approximately one half of the carrier wavelength. This ensured that the various measurements of the set would be uncorrelated.
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Essentially we treat the instantaneous impulse response as a pdf of various values of excess delay where excess delay is defined as all possible values of delay in the instantaneous impulse response after subtracting off the delay of the fastest arriving signal component. We then numerically calculate the mean excess delay and the rms delay spread of this pdf. In determining delay spread, we calculate a power level as the area under the instantaneous impulse response curve.
The first point to note is that the rms value generally increases with distance. Heuristically this can be explained by the idea that with greater distance, the long distanced reflections are relatively stronger (compared to the lineofsight) to their contribution to an increased delay spread is more significant.
Note further that the smallest delay spreads are found in the hallway. The width of the hallway was less than 8 feet as compared to over 12 feet for Room 400 well above 20 feet for the other two rooms. These small dimensions in conjunction with the relative absence of obstacles resulted in a delay spread that was essentially independent of distance. Heuristically we can say that increasing the distance did not result in a greater number of multipath reflections. Consistent with the above is the fact that delay spread is directly proportional to the general dimensions of the rooms within which measurements were taken.
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Thus, Room 550 produced the greatest delay spreads and likewise Room 550 was the largest room.
FIGURE: RMS Delay Spread vs. Antenna Separation Distance
The Figures below exhibit instantaneous impulse responses from measurements in Room 550. These two figures serve as examples of different respective arrival times for the first and the strongest received signal component arrival times. Measurements have been taken at a 35 foot receivedtransmit separation distance.
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FIGURE: Impulse Response
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FIGURE: Impulse Response
Path Loss
We typically expect received power to be a function of distance as follows
p = d ^{n}
where d represents distance. In the case of ideal free space loss, n = 2. We call n the path loss rate.
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As the three graphs show, signal strength drops off faster as dimensions of the room increase. In the case of the hallway, the drop off rate was significantly smaller than 2.0 which is the value for free space loss. The explanation for this is that the hallway acts as a waveguide given its small width. Note that the received power levels in these Figures are in dB (not in dBm) and are with respect to +10 dBm. To obtain absolute power values in the figure, 10 dB must be added to each component. Note further that n is based on loglog data although the graphs shown are loglinear.
Each Kfactor is the result from an average of eight measurements taken from the same transmitter/receiver separation distance. Note that the Kfactors are independent of distance and the three results shown are very close to one another. In all cases the presence of a line of sight path was the same. Given that the above measurements all had a LOS path available, one would expect that the ratio of the strongest received signal component to the reflected components would be the same. Our measurements bear this out.
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Delay Spread and Resolvable Paths
One of the advantages of direct sequencing spread spectrum is the ability to distinguish between differing signal path arrivals. These resolvable paths can then be used to mitigate corruption caused by the channel. Delay spread is directly related to the number of resolvable paths. The rms delay spread in Cory Hall ranged from 16 to 52 ns. Given the proposed InfoPad downlink CDMA chip rate of several tens of Megachips per second, we arrive at the following:
 3 Resolvable Paths Room 307
 4 Resolvable Paths Room 550
2
3
 3 Resolvable Paths Room 400
Resolvable Paths Hallway
2
2
For CDMA systems with smaller chip rates the channel would behave as a narrowband, i.e., frequency nonselective channel.
Path Loss, Wall Penetration and Cell Layout
An important issue for indoor cellular reuse systems is the possibility of interference from users in adjacent cells. In designing cells it would be convenient if natural barriers such as walls and ceilings/floors could be used as cell boundaries. With these thoughts in mind, we took measurements through walls of Cory Hall.
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The instantaneous impulse response was taken on the 5th floor of Cory Hall. The transmitter was located in room 550 and the receiver was located in the corridor near the freight elevator. The received powers shown are with respect to +10 dBm so that absolute values can be obtained by adding 10 to magnitudes shown. Clearly the received signal strength through the wall is significant and shows that some of the walls in Cory Hall can not serve as cell boundaries. Note that certain walls in Cory consist of different materials than those on the 5th floor. Most notably room 473 was once an anechoic chamber and is essentially a metal cage. With these exceptions, we reiterate that most walls in Cory can not serve as cell boundaries.
An antenna radiation pattern or antenna pattern is defined as "a mathematical function or graphical representation of the radiation properties of the antenna as a function of space coordinates. In most cases, the radiation pattern is determined in the farfield region (i.e.in the region where electric and magnetic fields vary inversely with distance) and is represented as a function of the directional coordinates." The radiation property of most concern is the two or threedimensional spatial distribution of radiated energy as a function of an observer's position along a path or surface of constant distance from the antenna.
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A trace of the received power at a constant distance is called a power pattern. A graph of the spatial variation of the electric or magnetic field along a contant
distance path, is called a field pattern.
An isotropic antenna is defined as "a hypothetical lossless antenna having equal radiation in all directions." Clearly, an isotropic antenna is a ficticious entity, since even the simplest antenna has some degree of directivity. Although hypothetical and not physically realizable, an isotropic radiator is taken as a reference for expressing the directional properties of actual antennas. A directional antenna is one "having the property of radiating or receiving electromagetic waves more effectively in some directions than in others." The term is usually applied to an antenna whose maximum directivity is significantly greater than that of a linear dipole antenna. The power pattern of a halfwave linear dipole is shown below.
The linear dipole is an example of an omnidirectional antenna  i.e. an antenna having a radiation pattern which is nondirectional in a plane. As the figure above indicates, a linear dipole has uniform power flow in any plane perpendicular to the axis of the dipole and the maximum power flow is in the equatorial plane. One important class of directional antennas are form from linear arrays of linear dipoles as illustrated below. The most famous and ubiquitous member
of this class is the so called UdaYagi antenna shown on the right.
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As example of array patterns, the highly directional power pattern of an endfire linear array of 8 halfwave linear dipoles is shown below.
Like the UdaYagi antenna, the endfire array picture here has is its maximum maximum power flow in a direction parallel to the line along which the dipoles are deployed. The power flow in the opposite or back direction is negligible!
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Antenna Terms:
Directivity : The directivity of a transmitting antenna is defined as the ratio of the radiation intensity flowing in a given direction to the radiation intensity averaged over all direction. The average radiation intensity is equal to the total power radiated by the antenna divided by 4 . If the direction is not specified, the direction of maximum radiation intensity is usually implied. Directivity is some times refered to as directive gain.
Absolute gain : The absolute gain of a transmitting antenna in a given direction is defined as the ratio of the radiation intensity flowing in that direction to the radiation intensity that would be obtained if the power accepted by the antenna were radiated isotropically. If the direction is not specified, the direction of maximum radiation intensity is usually implied. (Absolute gain is closely related to directivity, but it takes into account the efficiency of antenna as well as its direction characteristics. To distinquish it, the absolute gain is some times refered to as power gain.)
Relative gain : The relative gain of a transmitting antenna in a given direction is defined as the ratio of the absolute gain of the antenna in the given direction to the absolute gain of a reference antenna in the same direction. The power input to the two antennas must be the same.
Efficiency : The efficiency of a transmitting antenna is the ratio of the total radiated power radiated by the antenna to the input power to the antenna.
Effective area (aperature) : The effective area or aperature of a receiving antenna in a given direction is defined as the ratio of the available power at
the terminals of the antenna to the radiation intensity of a plane wave incident on the antenna in the given direction. If the direction is not specified, the direction of maximum radiation intensity is usually implied. It can be shown, that when an isotropic area is used as a receiving antenna its effective area is the wavelength squared divided by 4 . Thus, the gain of a receiving antenna is the ratio of the antennas effective area to that of an isotropic antenna
 i.e.
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Antenna factor : The ratio of the magnitude of the electric field incident upon a receiving antenna to the voltage developed at the antenna's output connector (assuming a 50 ohm coxial connector) is called the antenna factor. The antenna factor is clearly related to the gain of antenna, but is often found to be the most convenience parameter for use in the monitoring of electromagnetic emissions.
Some of this material was taken from Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design (2nd edition), Constantine A. Balanis, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (1997)
Freely adapted from a portion of JeanPaul M. G. Linmartz's Wireless Communication, The Interactive Multimedia CDROM, Baltzer Science Publishers, P.O.Box 37208, 1030 AE Amsterdam, ISSN 1383 4231, Vol. 1 (1996), No.1
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