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Full wave analysis of RF signal attenuation in a lossy cave using a high order time domain vector finite element method

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3 Author(s)
J. Pingenot ; Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab., Berkeley, CA, USA ; R. Rieben ; D. White

We present a computational study of signal propagation and attenuation of a 200 MHz dipole antenna in a cave environment. The cave is modeled as a straight and lossy random rough wall. To simulate a broad frequency band, the full wave Maxwell equations are solved directly in the time domain via a high order vector finite element discretization using the massively parallel CEM code EMSolve. The simulation is performed for a series of random meshes in order to generate statistical data for the propagation and attenuation properties of the cave environment. Results for the power spectral density and phase of the electric field vector components are presented and discussed.

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IEEE/ACES International Conference on Wireless Communications and Applied Computational Electromagnetics, 2005.

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3-7 April 2005