60 GHz blockage study using phased arrays

Christopher Slezak, Aditya Dhananjay, Sundeep Rangan

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Abstract

The millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies offer the potential for enormous capacity wireless links. However, designing robust communication systems at these frequencies requires that we understand the channel dynamics over both time and space: mmWave signals are extremely vulnerable to blocking and the channel can thus rapidly appear and disappear with small movement of obstacles and reflectors. In rich scattering environments, different paths may experience different blocking trajectories and understanding these multi-path blocking dynamics is essential for developing and assessing beamforming and beam-tracking algorithms. This paper presents the design and experimental results of a novel measurement system which uses phased arrays to perform mmWave dynamic channel measurements. Specifically, human blockage and its effects across multiple paths are investigated with only several microseconds between successive measurements. From these measurements we develop a modeling technique which uses low-rank tensor factorization to separate the available paths so that their joint statistics can be understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of 51st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2017
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1655-1659
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538618233
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 10 2018
Event51st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2017 - Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2017Nov 1 2017

Publication series

NameConference Record of 51st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2017
Volume2017-October

Other

Other51st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPacific Grove
Period10/29/1711/1/17

Keywords

  • Blockage
  • Dynamics
  • Parafac
  • Phased Array
  • Principal Component Analysis
  • Tensor Decomposition
  • mmWave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Instrumentation

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