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Antenna Diversity Analysis for 800 MHz MIMO

This example analyzes a 2-antenna diversity scheme to understand the effect that position, orientation and frequency have on received signals. The analysis is performed under the assumptions that impedance matching is not achieved and mutual coupling is taken into account [1].

Frequency Band Parameters

Define the operating frequency, analysis bandwidth and calculate the wavelength in free space.

freq = 800e6;
c = physconst("lightspeed");
lambda = c/freq;
BW_frac = 0.1;
fmin = freq - BW_frac*freq;
fmax = freq + BW_frac*freq;

Create Two Identical Dipoles

Use the dipole antenna element from the Antenna Toolbox™ library and create 2 identical thin dipoles of length λ/2.

d1 = dipole(Length=lambda/2, Width=lambda/200);
d2 = dipole(Length=lambda/2, Width=lambda/200);

Plot Input Reflection Coefficient of Isolated Dipole

Calculate the input reflection coefficient of an isolated dipole and plot it to confirm the lack of impedance match at 800MHz.

Numfreq = 101;
f = linspace(fmin,fmax,Numfreq);
S = sparameters(d1,f);
DipoleS11Fig = figure;
title('Reflection Coefficient')

Create Two-Element Array

Create the two-element antenna diversity system and position the 2 antennas apart by 5 λ.

range = 5*lambda;
l = linearArray;
l.Element = [d1 d2];
l.ElementSpacing = range;

Power Transfer Function

Calculate and plot the power transfer function (S21 in dB) for two antennas. To do so, calculate the scattering parameters for the system and plot S21 over the entire frequency range.

S = sparameters(l,f);
ArrayS21Fig = figure;
title('Power Transfer Function')

The response peak is clearly not at 800 MHz. In addition, note the loss in signal strength due to attenuation in free space.

Vary spatial orientation of dipole

Power transfer between the two antennas can now be investigated as a function of antenna orientation. A correlation coefficient is used in MIMO systems to quantify the system performance. Two approaches to calculate the correlation coefficient exist; using the far-field behavior and using the S-parameters. The field-based approach involves numerical integration. The calculation suggested in this example uses the function correlation available in the Antenna Toolbox™ and based on the S-parameters approach [1]. By rotating one antenna located on the positive x-axis, we change its polarization direction and find the correlation

numpos = 101;
orientation = linspace(0,90,numpos);
S21_TiltdB = nan(1,numel(orientation));
Corr_TiltdB = nan(1,numel(orientation));
fig1 = figure;
for i = 1:numel(orientation)
    d2.Tilt = orientation(i);
    l.Element(2) = d2;
    S = sparameters(l,freq);
    Corr = correlation(l,freq,1,2);
    S21_TiltdB = 20*log10(abs(S.Parameters(2,1,1)));
    Corr_TiltdB(i) = 20*log10(Corr);
    plot(orientation, S21_TiltdB, orientation, Corr_TiltdB, LineWidth=2)
    grid on
    axis([min(orientation) max(orientation) -65 -20]);
    xlabel('Tilt variation on 2nd dipole (deg.)')
    ylabel('Magnitude (dB)')
    title('Correlation, S_2_1  Variation with Polarization')


We observe that the power transfer function and the correlation function between the two antennas are identical as the antenna orientation changes for one of the dipoles.

Vary Spacing between Antennas

Restore both dipoles so that they are parallel to each other. Run a similar analysis by changing the spacing between the 2 elements.

d2.Tilt = 0;
l.Element = [d1 d2];
Nrange = 201;
Rmin = 0.001*lambda;
Rmax = 2.5*lambda;
range = linspace(Rmin,Rmax,Nrange);
S21_RangedB = nan(1,Nrange);
Corr_RangedB = nan(1,Nrange);
fig2 = figure;
for i = 1:Nrange
    l.ElementSpacing = range(i);
    S = sparameters(l,freq);
    Corr = correlation(l,freq,1,2);
    S21_RangedB(i)= 20*log10(abs(S.Parameters(2,1,1))); 
    Corr_RangedB(i)= 20*log10(Corr);
    plot(range./lambda, S21_RangedB, range./lambda, Corr_RangedB, '--', LineWidth=2)
    grid on
    axis([min(range./lambda) max(range./lambda) -50 0]);
    xlabel('Distance of separation, d/\lambda')
    ylabel('Magnitude (dB)')
    title('Correlation, S_2_1 Variation with Range')
    hold off


The 2 curves are clearly different in their behavior when the separation distance between two antennas increases. This plot reveals the correlation valleys that exist at specific separations such as approximately 0.75 λ, 1.25 λ, 1.75 λ, and 2.25 λ.

Check Correlation Frequency Response

Pick the separation to be 1.25 λ, which is one of the correlation valleys. Analyze the correlation variation for 10% bandwidth centered at 800 MHz.

Rpick = 1.25*lambda;
f = linspace(fmin,fmax,Numfreq);
l.ElementSpacing = Rpick;
Corr_PickdB = 20.*log10(correlation(l,f,1,2));
fig2 = figure;
plot(f./1e9, Corr_TiltdB, LineWidth=2)
grid on
axis([min(f./1e9) max(f./1e9) -65 0]);
xlabel('Frequency (GHz)')
ylabel('Magnitude (dB)')
title('Correlation Variation with Frequency')

The results of the analysis reveals that the two antennas have a correlation below 30 dB over the band specified.

See Also

Effect of Mutual Coupling on MIMO Communication


[1] S. Blanch, J. Romeu, and I. Corbella, "Exact representation of antenna system diversity performance from input parameter description," Electron. Lett., vol. 39, pp. 705-707, May 2003. Online at: