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Millimeter-wave propagation through a controlled dust environment
Author(s): David Wikner
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Paper Abstract

A one-week experiment was conducted to determine the millimeter-wave transmission loss due to dust. Transmission data was collected at 35, 94, and 217 GHz through a recirculating dust tunnel. Dust clouds of various densities were measured during the experiment. The millimeter-wave measurements were non-coherent, using transmitting sources on one side of the dust tunnel and antenna/detectors on the other. The hardware was designed to minimize noise and drift. Even so, it was found that the transmission loss across the 1-m dust tunnel at high dust densities was lower than could be measured accurately with the equipment. Therefore, the results given are limited to system noise and represent maximum transmission losses at the various frequencies. The results show losses less than 0.02 and 0.08 dB for 94 and 217 GHz respectively across one meter of dust with density 3000 mg/m3. The actual losses are lower and a long baseline interferometer will be required to determine the loss values precisely. Despite the limitations of the experiment, the data show that millimeter-wave imager performance will not be significantly impacted by even a very dense dust cloud.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6548, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology X, 654803 (1 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717836
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David Wikner, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6548:
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology X
Roger Appleby; David A. Wikner, Editor(s)

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