Static and dynamic propagation-channel impairments in reverberation chambers

Kate A. Remley, Sander J. Floris, Haider A. Shah, Christopher L. Holloway

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We study the separate and combined effects of static and dynamic multipath channels created in a reverberation chamber on bit-error-rate (BER) measurements of digitally modulated signals. We demonstrate measurement methods to identify individually sources of bit errors arising from a frequency selective channel and discuss why the speed of the mode-stirring paddle impacts the level of BER for certain modulated-signal data rates and bandwidths. An unloaded, high-Q reverberation chamber is studied in the 700 MHz frequency band to clearly illustrate both static and dynamic multipath effects. We describe a rigorous method for calculating the 95 confidence intervals of the measured BER and study the repeatability of the mode-stirring paddle. Our paper illustrates the importance of understanding the correct error bounds when identifying different sources of impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5744113
Pages (from-to)589-599
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


  • Bit error rate (BER)
  • coherence bandwidth
  • digitally modulated signal
  • measurement
  • multipath
  • propagation channel
  • reverberation chamber
  • wireless system


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