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Bit Error Rate Performance Enhancement of a Retrodirective Array Over a Conventional Fixed Beam Array in a Dynamic Multipath Environment

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2 Author(s)
Neil B. Buchanan ; Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast, United Kingdom ; Vincent Fusco

In this paper, we provide experimental evidence to show that enhanced bit error rate (BER) performance is possible using a retrodirective array operating in a dynamically varying multipath environment. The operation of such a system will be compared to that obtained by a conventional nonretrodirective array. The ability of the array to recover amplitude shift keyed encoded data transmitted from a remote location whose position is not known a priori is described. In addition, its ability to retransmit data inserted at the retrodirective array back to a spatially remote beacon location whose position is also not known beforehand is also demonstrated. Comparison with an equivalent conventional fixed beam antenna array utilizing an identical radiating aperture arrangement to that of the retrodirective array are given. These show that the retrodirective array can effectively exploit the presence of time varying multipath in order to give significant reductions in BER over what can be otherwise achieved. Additionally, the retrodirective system is shown to be able to deliver low BER regardless of whether line of sight is present or absent.

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 4 )