Accession Number:

AD0435545

Title:

MICROWAVE PROPAGATION OVER MOUNTAIN-DIFFRACTION PATHS.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CALIF STANFORD ELECTRONICS LABS

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Report Date:

1964-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

135.0

Abstract:

A theoretical-experimental study of absolute diffraction at microwave frequencies has been conducted. The filed strength in the geometric shadow zone can be predicted from classical Fresnel-Kirchhoff diffraction theory when the obstacle approximates the idealized knife edge. However, the modest amount of empirical knowledge available precludes an engineering evaluation of the obstacle-diffraction propagation mechanism from the viewpoint of microwave communications. This study was undertaken in order to describe more fully the characteristics of diffraction propagation, as well as to add to the body of experimental data. While the main concern was the total nature of the propagation, emphasis was given those factors which may affect the successful transmission of information. Conventional measurements of signal level and its variation in time were made. A unique aspect of the experiment was the use of frequency-swept transmission, allowing the direct observation of the propagation frequency response. Polarization and spatial dependence were also examined. The repeater model of diffraction, used implicitly in the literature, was derived and tested explicitly. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE