Study of Mutual Coupling in Finite Antenna Arrays for Massive MIMO Applications
Licentiate thesis, 2020
The developed model for the analysis of MC is inspired by the concept of multiple scattering by which the overall effect of the antenna array MC can be determined by cascading the scattering responses of all array elements. Such an approach requires the full-wave characterization of only a single element in isolation, while the mutual interactions between different elements are modeled by approximating the incident field as a single plane wave with mutually-orthogonal polarization taken from the spherical wave expansion (SWE) of the field scattered from any other array element. This process is described mathematically through the iterative scheme based on the classical Jacobi and Gauss-Seidel iterative methods.
Additionally, a sum-rate model of a downlink LoS multi-user MIMO system including the MC, has been developed. Herein, the effects of MC are accounted through the S-matrix of the BSA and the embedded element patterns (EEPs) of all BSA elements, which are used to approximate the channel matrix in a LoS environment. The S-matrix and the EEPs obtained by using the Jacobi-based MC model have been incorporated into the MIMO system model, showing good agreement in terms of the achievable sum rate compared to the reference result which uses the MoM-based simulation data. The accuracy and run-time benefits of the Jacobi-based model make it a possibly promising candidate for use in BSA design and synthesis applications, particularly when large array configurations need to be (repeatedly) analyzed.
mutual coupling (MC)
base station antenna (BSA)
Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Communication, Antennas and Optical Networks
Areas of Advance
Information and Communication Technology
Online via Zoom
Opponent: Prof. Raj Mittra, University of Central Florida, FL, USA