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Ultrawideband pulse correlation and distance error estimation

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Original languageEnglish
Publisher or commissioning bodyCOST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Pages14 p
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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NameCOST 2100 TD(10)11006


In a given number of wireless systems, and ultrawideband (UWB) in particular, a way to communicate between transceivers is by correlating received pulses with one or several reference-pulse templates. The reference template(s) aim to give a good representation of the transmitted signal. However, even for unscattered signals, resulting from line-of-sight (LOS) transmissions, radiated pulses may differ as a function of the antennas’ angle of departure/capture or may "look different" due to limited spatial resolution at the receiver. As these inaccuracies are often neglected and may have an impact on the robustness of a communication’s link, unscattered LOS UWB measurements, from 3.5 GHz to 10.5 GHz, are used in this paper to explore: (i) the effects of correlating received signals with different pulse templates as a result of distance changes between antennas (shorter than the spatial resolution of the system) and different angles of antenna radiation/capture; and (ii) the error in distance prediction from a system relaying on peak detection and limited by its spatial resolution. As a result, pulse correlation values were found to fluctuate from one and up to a value of 0.4 in some cases. Also, errors in distance estimation were characterised against different interpolation factors, from which modelling parameters are presented.

Additional information

Additional information: A document presented to the 11th Management Committee Meeting of COST2010 (European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research), held in Aalborg, Denmark, June 2nd - 4th, 2010. Sponsorship: The authors gratefully acknowledge the directors of Toshiba Research Europe Limited, Telecommunications Research Laboratory, for their support and permission to publish this work.

    Research areas

  • channel sounding, theory of propagation

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