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Large Ad Hoc Shielded Room with Removable Mode Stirrer for Mobile Phone Antenna Tests

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3 Author(s)
Gruden, M. ; Microwave & Terahertz Technol. Group, Uppsala Univ., Uppsala, Sweden ; Hallbjorner, P. ; Rydberg, A.

Reverberation chambers (RC) are widely used for measuring antenna performance and parameters for MIMO systems. RCs for mobile phone antenna tests are often specially designed for this purpose. The lowest frequency of operation of an RC is decided by its size. With a trend of lower frequency bands being allocated for mobile phones, the minimum size of RCs for mobile phone antenna tests increases, and is approaching the size of a normal room. At the same time, many large shielded rooms are already in use for various electrical measurements. In this paper, a standard shielded room designed for EMC testing is used as an RC for mobile phone antenna tests. To complete the RC, a large mode stirrer is built. The fact that the room is also used for other tests requires a detachable, foldable, and lightweight stirrer design. Therefore, metal meshes are evaluated for the design of the mode stirrer. The performance of the used room is verified by standard tests for RCs, and it is verified that it is possible to measure antennas from about 400 MHz up to 4 GHz with good accuracy. The size of the room also enables measurements including humans carrying mobile phones or body area networks.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 1 )