Wave Propagation for Wireless Links

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Wave Propagation for Wireless Links (Main course) BE2M17SBS
Credits 6
Semesters Summer
Completion Assessment + Examination
Language of teaching English
Extent of teaching 2P+2C
The aim of the course is to study the wireless transmission channel in real environments focusing on wave propagation for planning of terrestrial and satellite wireless links. The syllabus includes both deeper theoretical foundations of radio wave propagation in the atmosphere as well as ITU-R design procedures for terrestrial and satellite, fixed and mobile communications in various frequency bands.
Study targets
The goal of the course is to learn fundamentals of propagation of electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere for planning of wireless links and appropriate power budgets calculations.
Course outlines
1. Spherical wave in free space, Friis equation, Fresnel zones, reflection, scattering, refraction, and diffraction in the atmosphere
2. Transmission media for specific frequency bands and communication services, principles of electromagnetic wave propagation in the atmosphere
3. Propagation of the space wave in the troposphere
4. Empirical and deterministic radiowave propagation models
5. Line-of-sight links, link power budgets
6. Mobile links, wave propagation in built-up areas
7. Wideband parameters of mobile wireless channel
8. Interference and frequency planning in cellular networks
9. Free space optics links
10. Wave propagating in anisotropic environment of the ionosphere, HF radio links
11. Power budgets of satellite links
12. Coverage planning for satellite links
13. Introduction to other propagation channels (ground-to-air, troposcatter, propagation in tunnels etc.)
Exercises outlines
1. Introduction, basic concepts
2. Calculations of basic propagation parameters
3. Usage of ITU-R recommendations
4. General empirical model
5. Link budget of a fixed link
6. Link budget of a mobile link
7.-9. Terrestrial fixed link design - project
10.-12. Satellite link power budget design - project
13. Interference calculations
14. Presentations of projects results
[1] Barclay L.W., Propagation of Radiowaves, 3rd Edition, IET, 2012.
[2] Saunders, S., Aragon-Zavala, A., Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2007.
[3] ITU-R SG3 Recommendations.