Long-Range Channel Measurements on Small Terminal Antennas Using Optics

Boyan Yanakiev, Jesper Ødum Nielsen, Morten Christensen, Gert Frølund Pedersen

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In this paper, details are given on a novel measurement device for radio propagation-channel measurements. To avoid measurement errors due to the conductive cables on small terminal antennas, as well as to improve the handling of the prototypes under investigation, an optical measurement device has been developed. It utilizes thin, light, and flexible glass fibers as opposed to heavy, stiff, and conductive coaxial cables. This paper looks at the various system parameters such as overall gain, noise figure, and dynamic range and compares the solution to other methods. An estimate of the device accuracy is also given. Selected parts of the circuitry are given in more detail. Typical measurement results are also shown.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)2749-2758
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • optical fiber
  • Propagation measurements
  • Optical fiber measurement applications
  • antenna
  • MIMO systems
  • Electrically small antennas
  • handset antennas


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