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Time Reversal UWB Communication System: A Novel Modulation Scheme with Experimental Validation

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20102010:398401

DOI: 10.1155/2010/398401

Received: 3 August 2009

Accepted: 18 February 2010

Published: 10 May 2010


A new modulation scheme is proposed for a time reversal (TR) ultra wide-band (UWB) communication system. The new modulation scheme uses the binary pulse amplitude modulation (BPAM) and adds a new level of modulation to increase the data rate of a TR UWB communication system. Multiple data bits can be transmitted simultaneously with a cost of little added interference. Bit error rate (BER) performance and the maximum achievable data rate of the new modulation scheme are theoretically analyzed. Two separate measurement campaigns are carried out to analyze the proposed modulation scheme. In the first campaign, the frequency responses of a typical indoor channel are measured and the performance is studied by the simulations using the measured frequency responses. Theoretical and the simulative performances are in strong agreement with each other. Furthermore, the BER performance of the proposed modulation scheme is compared with the performance of existing modulation schemes. It is shown that the proposed modulation scheme outperforms QAM and PAM for in an AWGN channel. In the second campaign, an experimental validation of the proposed modulation scheme is done. It is shown that the performances with the two measurement campaigns are in good agreement.

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Authors’ Affiliations

LUMS School of Science and Engineering, Sector U, DHA
EE Department, Khaje Nasir Toosi University (KNTU)
Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes, IETR-UMR CNRS 6164, INSA


© I. H. Naqvi et al. 2010

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