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Millimeter-wave Channel Sounder Performance Verification using Vector Network Analyzer in a Controlled RF Channel

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Author(s)

Jeanne Quimby, Dylan Williams, Kate Remley, Jelena Senic, Ruoyu Sun

Abstract

We present a new comparison-to-reference performance verification technique in which a channel sounder and reference vector network analyzer measure the same controlled, static channel. The method is suitable for millimeter-wave channel-sounder hardware with removable antennas) using a controlled, static RF channel. Mechanical switches establish the channel. The reference planes for the vector network analyzer are translated to those of the channel sounder such that the two instruments measure the same physical channel. The vector network analyzer has a comprehensive uncertainty analysis that propagates systematic and random uncertainties through to the power delay profiles. The channel-sounder is an E-band correlation-based mobile channel sounder. This verification technique compares the power delay profile and channel metrics such as root-mean- square delay spread, the power level at the initial time of arrival, and the initial time of arrival measured by the two systems.
Citation
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation

Keywords

channel-sounder verification, measurement uncertainty, millimeter-wave wireless communications, wireless system.

Citation

Quimby, J. , Williams, D. , Remley, K. , Senic, J. and Sun, R. (2021), Millimeter-wave Channel Sounder Performance Verification using Vector Network Analyzer in a Controlled RF Channel, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=929112 (Accessed August 14, 2022)
Created May 4, 2021