SMALL - SCALE FADING

Small-scale fading refers to the dramatic changes in signal amplitude and phase that can be experienced as a result of small changes (as small as half wavelength) in the spatial position between transmitter and receiver.

In this section, we will develop the small-scale fading component r0(t). Analysis proceeds on the assumption that the antenna remains within a limited trajectory so that the effect of large-scale fading m(t) is constant. Assume that the antenna is traveling and there are multiple scatter paths, each associated with a time-variant propagation delay τn(t) and a time variant multiplicative factor αn(t). Neglecting noise, the received bandpass signal can be written as below

Substituting Equation (1) in the module of Characterizing Mobile-Radio Propagation into Equation (1) above, we can write the received bandpass signal as follow

We have the equivalent received bandpass signal is

Consider the transmission of an unmodulated carrier at frequency fc or in other words, for all time, g(t)=1. then the received bandpass signal becomes

The baseband signal s(t) consists of a sum of time-variant components having amplitudes αn(t) and phases θn(t). Notice that θn(t) will change by 2π radians whenever τn changes by 1/fc (very small delay). These multipath components combine either constructively or destructively, resulting in amplitude variations or fading of s(t). Equation (4) is very important because it tell us that a bandpass signal s(t) is the signal that experienced the fading effects and gave rise to the received signal r(t), these effects can be described by analyzing r(t) at the baseband level.

When the received signal is made up of multiple reflective arrays plus a significant line-of-sight (non-faded) component, the received envelope amplitude has a Rician pdf as below, and the fading is preferred to as Rician fading

The parameter σ2 is the pre-detection mean power of the multipath signal. A denotes the peak magnitude of the non-faded signal component and I0(-) is the modified Bessel function. The Rician distribution is often described in terms of a parameter K, which is defined as the ratio of the power in the specular component to the power in the multipath signal. It is given by K=A2/2σ2.

When the magnitude of the specular component A approach zero, the Rician pdf approachs a Rayleigh pdf, shown as

The Rayleigh pdf results from having no specular signal component, it represents the pdf associated with the worst case of fading per mean received signal power.

Small scale manifests itself in two mechanisms - time spreading of signal (or signal dispersion) and time-variant behavior of the channel (Figure 2). It is important to distinguish between two different time references- delay time τ and transmission time t. Delay time refers to the time spreading effect resulting from the fading channel’s non-optimum impulse response. The transmission time, however, is related to the motion of antenna or spatial changes, accounting for propagation path changes that are perceived as the channel’s time-variant behavior.