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Methodology for Measuring the Frequency Dependence of Multipath Channels Across the Millimeter-Wave Bands

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Author(s)

Damla Guven, Ben Jamroz, Jack Chuang, Camillo Gentile, Rob Horansky, Kate Remley, Dylan Williams, Jeanne Quimby, Rod Leonhardt

Abstract

Millimeter-wave (mmWave) communications promise Gigabits-per-second data rates thanks to the availability of large swaths of bandwidth between 10–100 GHz. Although cellular operators prefer the lower portions of the bands due to the general belief that propagation there is more favorable, the measurement campaigns to confirm this – conducted by ten organizations thus far – report conflicting results. Yet, it is not clear whether the conflict can be attributed to the channel itself – measured in different environments and at different center frequencies – or concerningly to the differences in the organizations' channel sounders and sounding techniques. In this paper, we propose a methodology to analyze frequency dependence across the mmWave bands, using the ultra-wide 26.5–40 GHz band as an example. The methodology emphasizes calibration of the equipment so that the measurement results represent the channel alone and not the channel coupled with the channel sounder. Our results confirm that free-space propagation is indeed frequency invariant – a well understood phenomena but to our knowledge reported nowhere else at mmWave to date. More interestingly, we found that specular paths – the strongest after the line-of-sight path and so pivotal to maintaining connectivity during blockage – are the least invariant compared to weaker diffracted and diffuse paths.
Citation
IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation

Keywords

5G, calibration, channel, channel sounder, channel sounding, mmWave, over-the-air, synthetic aperture, virtual array

Citation

Guven, D. , Jamroz, B. , Chuang, J. , Gentile, C. , Horansky, R. , Remley, K. , Williams, D. , Quimby, J. and Leonhardt, R. (2022), Methodology for Measuring the Frequency Dependence of Multipath Channels Across the Millimeter-Wave Bands, IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=934469 (Accessed June 21, 2024)

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Created April 19, 2022, Updated January 22, 2024