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Radio channels

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Max amount of FITech students: 30

Persons without a valid study right to a Finnish university have preference to this course.

Course contents

  • The radio channels of different radio systems.
  • Characterization of radio waves and propagation media.
  • Different mechanisms of radio wave propagation: direct free-space propagation, absorption, scattering, reflection, refraction, diffraction, surface and ground waves, ionospheric waves and multipath propagation.
  • Statistical description of fading radio channel.
  • Principles of the radio channel modelling.
  • Noise calculations.
  • Radio wave propagation phenomena over fixed terrestrial, ionospheric and satellite links.
  • Radio channel modelling for outdoor mobile systems.
  • Radio wave propagation inside or into buildings.
  • Radio channels of mobile satellite links.
  • Slow fading.
  • Multipath propagation and its effects on narrowband and wideband radio channels.
  • MIMO radio channels.
  • Measurement methods of radio channels.
  • Atmospheric attenuation on terahertz frequency bands.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student

  • will be able to define what the radio channel is and is able to distinguish it into modellable parts
  • knows different radio wave propagation mechanisms
  • can apply physical and empirical radio channel models
  • is able to analyse which are the dominating propagation mechanisms in different environments
  • will know how to measure the properties of different radio channels.

Course material

Lecture notes and additional reading:

  • Andreas Molisch, 2012: Wireless Communications. Wiley-IEEE Press.
  • Simon R. Saunders & Alejandro Aragón-Zavala, 2007: Antennas and propagation for wireless communication systems. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Completion methods

  • Lectures and exercise sessions are organised only on campus (old video recordings available).
  • Lab work in campus.
  • Final exam online.

Changes possible. The course can be completed largely online by studying independently.

More information on the University of Oulu course page.

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Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Pekka Kyösti

Further information about the course and studying

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General prerequisites:
Bachelor level knowledge in telecommunication engineering and signal analysis.
Course suitable for:
Adult learners who have previous studies or work experience in communications. Master's students or comparable in communications.
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