Direct Coupling as a Residual Error Contribution During OTA Measurements of Wireless Devices in Reverberation Chamber
Paper in proceedings, 2009
We have presented an improved theory for the uncertainty of measurements in reverberation chamber. The theory is obtained by including the error due to the direct coupling between the antenna under test and the wall-mounted antennas. The theory includes the Rician K-factor that can be estimated from simple formulas, and an empirical mechanical stirring bandwidth Bmech that is adjusted to get good agreement with the measured STDs. However, Bmech is fixed for a given chamber and stirrer configuration. The new theory is able to describe variations of uncertainty with frequency and loading, and it can very well predict the degradation when platform and polarization stirring is not used. The validation of the theory is representative for efficiency measurements, but it will be equivalent for measuring total radiated power and receiver sensitivity.