Design and Validation of the Phase-Compensated Long-Range Sub-THz VNA-based Channel Sounder

Yejian Lyu, Allan Wainaina Mbugua, Kim Olesen, Pekka Kyösti, Wei Fan*

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This paper presents the first vector network analyzer (VNA)-based sub-Terahertz (sub-THz) phase-compensated channel sounder at 220 330 GHz using radio-over-fiber (RoF) techniques that could enable long-range phase-coherent measurements. The optical cable solution enables long-range channel measurements at sub-THz bands, since it can effectively minimize the cable loss. This paper also proposes a novel phase compensation scheme to stabilize the phase variations introduced by optical fiber of the channel sounder to enable its application in multi-channel/antenna measurements. This proposed channel sounder is validated in back-to-back measurements under two optical cable conditions, i.e., with presence of thermal changes and mechanical stress. The phase variation introduced by the cable effects in the system is shown to be over 400_ in 220-330 GHz, compared to 15_ at 220-288 GHz and 37_ in 288-330 GHz after compensation, respectively, demonstrating the robustness and effectiveness of the developed channel sounder in practice. The developed system, which has a dynamic range of 106:7 dB, can support measurement range up to 300m (limited by the optical cable length in our system and subject to over-the-air signal transmission loss in practical environment).

Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)2461-2465
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021


  • Channel sounding
  • Loss measurement
  • Mechanical cables
  • Optical feedback
  • Optical fiber cables
  • Optical network units
  • Optical variables measurement
  • Phase measurement
  • phase compensation
  • radio-overfiber
  • sub-Terahertz


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