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Improved Permittivity Calibration Method for Wideband In Situ Permittivity Probe

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2 Author(s)
Ming Chen ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA ; Chi-Chih Chen

This letter discusses about an improved permittivity probe calibration method for calculating the complex permittivity of soils from reflection data over a very wide bandwidth. The accuracy of this method is demonstrated using reflection data collected from a unique wideband (10-1000 MHz) permittivity probe specifically designed for quick in situ permittivity measurements of soils at different depths. The improved calibration method is based on the traditional capacitance model, which suffers from errors caused by the assumption that the capacitance is independent of the frequency and the permittivity of the ambient medium under test. The improved capacitance model is introduced here to account for the frequency- and permittivity-dependent effects. Thus, it produces more accurate permittivity estimation over a much wider frequency and permittivity ranges. This letter will discuss about the accuracy of this improved permittivity probe calibration method and a wideband in situ soil probe design.

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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 2 )