Overview of spatial channel models for antenna array communication systems

Richard B. Ertel, Paulo Cardieri, Kevin W. Sowerby, Theodore S. Rappaport, Jeffrey H. Reed

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Throughout the history of wireless communications, spatial antenna diversity has been important in improving the radio link between wireless users. Historically, microscopic antenna diversity has been used to reduce the fading seen by a radio receiver, whereas macroscopic diversity provides multiple listening posts to ensure that mobile communication links remain intact over a wide geographic area. In recent years, the concepts of spatial diversity have been expanded to build foundations for emerging technologies, such as smart (adaptive) antennas and position location systems. Smart antennas hold great promise for increasing the capacity of wireless communications because they radiate and receive 1 energy only in the intended directions, thereby greatly reducing interference. To properly design, analyze, and implement smart antennas and to exploit spatial processing in emerging wireless systems, accurate radio channel models that incorporate spatial characteristics are necessary. In this tutorial, we review the key concepts in spatial channel modeling and present emerging approaches. We also review the research issues in . developing and using spatial channel models for adaptive antennas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-22
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Personal Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology


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